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COM 3840: Media Analysis

Examples of Evaluating Media Sources

The Mysterious Case of "Skull Horns"

Back in 2019, headlines hits across multiple news sites about people developing "skull horns" from looking down at their phones:

 

Based on an article published in a scientific magazine, readers and scientists alike soon realized this story was not accurate. Within a day, other news outlets questioned the validity of the scientific research and debunked the previous headlines.