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Critical Thinking & Evaluating Information

This guide is meant to present a brief overview on critical thinking and evaluating information.

Let's Talk About the News

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Think about how and where you get the news. Traditional news outlets include newspapers, radio, cable and network television. However, there are numerous other sources including: blogs, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. In fact, how and where you get the news today is very different than in prior decades.

  • There is a 24 hour news cycle
  • The news is pushed to you via numerous outlets - a.k.a. social media
  • The news can be monetized
  • There are blurred lines between facts and opinions 

On top of that consider that not all news media / information sources are:

  • Neutral
  • Objective
  • Unbiased
  • Factual 

All of these factors contribute to creating a general lack of trust in the news...especially with the prominence of fake news.