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Academic Scholars explore Fake News throughout history as part of latest seminar

Academic Scholars explore Fake News throughout history as part of latest seminar

The topic of Fake News was on the agenda for Academic Scholars at Rydal Penrhos as part of their latest seminar.

History teacher Andrew Price took the session on Monday, October 16, where the term made infamous by Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, was explored and where it is evident throughout modern times.

He explained that ‘Fake News’ was important to be aware of in this social-media dominated world of, illustrating his point with a recent article from the Guardian newspaper concerning the politicisation of the recent Las Vegas shootings on both Facebook and Google.

The academic scholars then discovered that the concept of Fake News was nothing new, with Mr Price using documentaries and movies to show how audiences can be subject to manipulation unless they are aware of the techniques media outlets adopt to produce their chosen narrative of events.

This was the final session before the half term break, and the hugely successful initiative will resume on Tuesday, November 7.

Mr Price, said: “Our academic scholars enthusiastically participated in a discussion of their experiences of Fake News and how they always try to be careful when digesting information on social media and other sources of information.

“The session was enjoyed by myself and all of the academic scholars…..allegedly.”

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