Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2020

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


English, Linguistics, and Communication

Department Chair or Program Director

Dr. Gary Richards

First Advisor

Dr. Zach Whalen

Major or Concentration

Communication and Digital Studies


This paper investigates fake news and the part we all play in believing and spreading it. To explore the pervasiveness of fake news, I engaged an electronic literary method, netprov, to create a fake news production with its own website and social media profiles. Even though my creative work failed to find an audience, I nevertheless gained insights that led to practical advice on how anyone can avoid succumbing to the influence of fake news. For example, when viewing a potential fake news site, readers should ask if its content is simply confirming their beliefs or even encouraging them to interact (like, comment, share) in a way that bypasses their logical reasoning. My failed experiment shines a light on the festering issue that is fake news and calls upon everyone to critique and analyze this new media phenomenon.

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