Move 2: Going upstream

Going upstream

Going upstream means following a piece of content to its true source, and beginning your analysis there. Your first question when looking at a claim on a page should be “Where did this come from, and who produced it?” The answer quite often has very little to do with the website you are looking at.

Chapter 10 of Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers

As we know from our lesson on the economics of post-truth, much of the web is predicated on making money from users’ clicks. For this reason, content on the web is often recycled, repurposed, or just plain plagiarized and stolen from other, more original sources (you might remember from the Daily podcast that that’s how Mad World News got started). Ad revenue, after all, is generated from clicks — not readers.

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