Group 5 // Section 1 // 11:00 a.m. // Conspiracy Theories

Panel: Ivy, Erica, Joanna

Readings:

https://www.bennettinstitute.cam.ac.uk/blog/conspiracy-theory-vs-free-speech-should-we-regulat/

https://theconversation.com/conspiracy-theories-fuel-prejudice-towards-minority-groups-113508

Online Discussion Questions:

Q1: Have you ever heard any conspiracy theories?

Q2: In recent news politicians have been accused of using conspiracy theories to manipulate the public. What has been your experience with news sources using conspiracy theories to manipulate public opinion?

Q3: Do you think something should be done about the spread of conspiracy theories?

In Class Discussion Questions:

Q1: How do conspiracy theories help fuel prejudice towards minority groups?

Q2: Should conspiracy theories be regulated online? If so, how should online sources implement regulations to compact conspiracy theories?

Q3: Do you think that some conspiracy theories are geared towards a particular group of minorities? If so, what are some ramifications of such theories?

Counter technology:
https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2018/four-major-tech-companies-take-new-steps-to-combat-fake-news/