Fake News: Determining a Source

by Travis Sherrill

How do you know something might not be valid?

Unfortunately, in today’s society, lots of articles we read, videos we watch, news stories we hear, or even entire websites cannot be considered valid. So, the question becomes, how can we check the validity of a source?

The sources might not be verified. Does the article contain links to other sites that are external, or are different sites referenced? Does the author of a particular article quote that have authority or who are experts in that particular field?

Emotional appeal, Is the article playing on your feelings? Does it make you happy, angry, or scared?

Expert authors, Does the author provide credentials or tell more about their authority to write on that particular subject matter?

Other sources, Can the main idea of the article be found on other news outlets? Can you find other news articles that back up the same ideas or information?

Finally, Website extension, Is the information coming from a .com, .gov, or .edu site, or is it coming from something like a .com.co or other editions. .com, .gov, and .edu sites are typically most reliable, while .com.co sites are similar to the real thing but are often fake. An example of this is abcnews.com.co.

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Fake News Education: Fact Versus Fake

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Fact Verses Fake: How to Navigate the World Around Us

by Travis Sherrill, Library Staff, Mooresville Public Library

Have you heard the term fake news? Do you know what fake news is? The better question might be can you go a day without hearing the term fake news? Many people believe that fake news has been around since the current POTUS. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Fake news has been around for decades, since the invention of the Internet, and you could even say centuries- although back then, it was not called fake news, it was either called libel or slander. Over the next several months, we are going to look at different aspects of fake news, including some definitions, how to determine whether something you are watching or reading is fake news, and some tips that could help you potentially avoid reading or listening to fake news.

So, what exactly is fake news? Fake news itself comes in a variety of flavors. Pure fake news sites use fabricated stories to lure traffic, encourage clicks, and influence or profit using intentionally deceptive, but highly intriguing, often sensational information. Hoax sites also share false information with the intention of tricking readers/viewers. Satirical sites present news with a comical, often exaggerated spin. Born digital images and edited images alter and often misrepresent visual reality. In addition, sometimes journalists just get things wrong. The sources they choose to interview may not offer the truth or a full picture. Stories reported in process lack the wisdom and hindsight, and may be missing full context.

Be sure to join us next month as we discuss determining the validity of a source.

Local History Corner- Mooresville’s First Post Office

by Andy Poore, Curator, Special Collections, Mooresville Public Library
assisted by Travis Sherrill
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Mooresville’s First Post Office

The first post office was established for the Town of Mooresville on August 7, 1871 and was located on what was known as Star Route #5213. In the early years, the post office was run out of the postmaster’s home or store if he had one. In the 1880’s, the post office moved to its first permanent home at 202 North Main Street, at the corner of Moore Street and Main Street in the Gus Morris Kippka Building (the former People’s Furniture Building and current home of the Charles Mack Citizen Center). In 1938, the post office moved down the street to the corner of Iredell Avenue and Main Street into a new building. The post office stay in this location until the 1960’s when it moved into its’ current location on Institute Street.

Mooresville’s First Post Office: Local History Corner

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Compiled by Andy Poore, assisted by Travis Sherrill

The first post office was established for the Town of Mooresville on August 7, 1871 and was located on what was known as Star Route #5213. In the early years, the post office was run out of the postmaster’s home or store if he had one. In the 1880’s, the post office moved to its first permanent home at 202 North Main Street, at the corner of Moore Street and Main Street in the Gus Morris Kippka Building (the former People’s Furniture Building and current home of the Charles Mack Citizen Center). In 1938, the post office moved down the street to the corner of Iredell Avenue and Main Street into a new building. The post office stay in this location until the 1960’s when it moved into its’ current location on Institute Street.

And as always, to take your own interactive tour of Downtown Mooresville, visit our map here

Staff Picks for Fall 2017

Disarming Beauty by Julian Carron

“Beautiful!” -Joe G.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

“I am reading this for the second time this summer.”-Nina E.

The Guilty by David Baldacci

“It helps to know something about the protagonist, Will Robie’s, background, but it is not essential to feeling the tension in the story. After making what could have been a life-altering mistake in his secret field, Will returns to his Mississippi hometown to help his estranged father fight a murder rap. Obviously, matters become more convoluted, and you don’t know who is going to ‘buy the farm’ next. Besides that, not everything is as it seems! The bad guys eventually suffer the consequences, and Will moves on, ready for the next novel in the series! Plenty of action, and a sufficient amount of suspended reality to keep you reading.” -Neal M.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

“Wow, it was wonderful, and went in so many directions.”  -Marian L.

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

“I just finished Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout.  Like many of her books, she incorporates characters from past books.  However, they don’t necessarily have a big role in the story, but they help set up some of the current characters.  This book revolves around the town that her last book’s main character, Lucy Barton, came from.  I enjoyed knowing more of Lucy’s back story and the important role her family played in the current character’s lives. This book is a great slice of life in small town America.” -Lynae V.