Atlas Thesis Project: Blatant Lies

by Lauren Monitz

Have you ever wondered how much information on the internet is actually legitimate, well- researched news or knowledge? More often than not, people assume a site's credibility if it looks even remotely professional, as opposed to just some average Joe posting crap he heard from the bum across the street. I know I'm guilty of it, and I'm sure most of my classmates are, as well. We want to trust what we read and hear instead of not trusting anyone or anything. I think this is mostly because the internet was created to be a tool as opposed to a research hindrance. And let's face it, we're lazy. We often just trust the first answer we find because verifying the information would take that much more effort.

But in reality, anyone can claim whatever they want on the web about any subject- academic or personal just to share information or express a point of view. People should be much more critical and skeptical of things they read on the internet and take everything with a grain of salt. There are plenty of sites denying the Holocaust happened, denying man landed on the moon, Ward Churchill-like ramblings, and basic logical fallacies that are “supported” with numerous facts, pictures and statistics claimed as evidence. Let's explore just how naïve people can be about things they read on the internet.

For my thesis project, I created a fake liquor and spirits consumer report blog. It is 100% fabricated by me with loosely related sources, completely made-up content, and a makeshift professional design look. Let this serve as a warning to you- don't believe everything you read.

View the Blog Here


Research question #1: So, what exactly makes a website look credible or believable?

Research quesion #2: How did you promote the blog so people would actually read it?

Research question #3: What was the overall reaction and response?