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Fake News, Real News: The Information Cycle

Information Cycle

The information cycle shows how information is distributed after a significant event and how that information can change over time.

For Example: The Information Cycle of the Boston Marathon Bombing

DAY OF EVENT

A Boston Globe tweet on the day of the marathon bombing:

The Boston Globe Tweet: BREAKING: A witness reports hearing two loud booms near the Boston Marathon finish line.

https://twitter.com/BostonGlobe/status/323872661866442753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

 

DAYS AFTER THE EVENT

A Boston Globe article on the 102 hours spent trying to capture the suspects:

102 hours in pursuit of Marathon bombing suspects   The Boston Globe


http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/28/bombreconstruct/VbSZhzHm35yR88EVmVdbDM/story.html

 

WEEKS AFTER THE EVENT

An Atlantic article about the suspect a few weeks after the event. The Atlantic is a print and online magazine that focuses on current events:

The altantic Tsarnaev Without Tears: The Legal Way Forward

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/04/tsarnaev-without-tears-the-legal-way-forward/275160/

 

MONTHS TO A YEAR AFTER THE EVENT

A peer reviewed article from one of the library's databases examining local politicians and city officials capturing the suspects alongside public opinion of their work:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=buh&AN=99219235&scope=site&user=mcc&password=library

 

OVER A YEAR AFTER THE EVENT

A book about the events and brothers:

Book record for The brothers: the road to an American Tragedy by Masha Gessen

https://mcc-catalog.helmlib.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=129815 

 

Trial transcripts:

Boston Marathon Bombings Case Updates    Department of Justice

https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/victim-and-witness-assistance-program/boston-marathon-case-updates 

 

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