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Satire and April Fools: getting "onioned"
When you do not read critically enough, sometimes you even believe things that are written to be funny.
- For example, some people shared this article with their friends thinking it was real: (link)
- Even real newspaper sometimes unthinkingly reprint articles that were meant as jokes:
Of these articles, some are jokes and some are real. Can you tell the difference? How?
How do you tell the difference? Read critically!
1) Checking the source
Some sources are usually reliable. Some are usually not.
- Is it a joke site?
- Is it a type of source known for being unrelieable (e.g. a tabloid newspaper)
- Is it likely to be very biased?
However, even reliable sources sometimes print things that are not true (either deliberately on April Fools, or by accident), so...
2) Check AT LEAST TWO other DIFFERENT sources, to see if it is also reported there.
- If it is about a country, read the papers from other countries
- If it is political, read papers biased to more than one side
- If it is a new science article, check for replication or similar research. Many new findings are not reliable until the experiment has been repeated a few times. Wait, or report carefully