Today--Day #2--we dug deeper into our theme of deception. We posed the question: Is the average person today, in 2013, deceived, duped, and manipulated more times per day or fewer times per day, on average, than someone who lived in 1950, 1850, or 1250? After some lively discussion, we turned our attention to hoax websites--websites that deliberately try to dupe visitors by feeding them inaccurate or misleading information. We examined several hoax websites and used them to develop a list of "warning signs" we should look out for when we visit an unfamiliar website and try to judge its trustworthiness.
This examination of hoax websites was just our first step, however, in exploring the ways that digital content on the web can manipulate unsuspecting readers. Our next step was to build a hoax website of our own! (In our next blog posts, look for updates on our progress with this major project.)
Other highlights of Day #2 included the following:
See you on Friday for Day #3!