Now you can take a class on writing fake news
December 20, 2016
Need a bit of extra money this holiday season? Have a kid you need to put through college? Worried about your retirement plan?
It used to be that when you were in want of extra scratch you could take a part-time job or become a Pampered Chef hostess in order to earn it.
But now, with Macedonian teenagers earning thousands a day by writing fake news, you may be wondering if that’s a better gig to take on. After all, writing fake news doesn’t require leaving your home. It just takes a little Google Ad Words know-how and the ability to write a catchy and completely false headline.
We’re kidding, of course, but at least one “college” is banking on the fact that people really would want to learn how to write fake news.
UnderAcademy College, a satirical site that employs real professors to teach classes such as grammar porn and meme culture, is now offering a class called ““How to Write and Read Fake News: Journalism in the Age of Trump.”
Learning the Five Ws
In the class, students will learn “The five Ws of Fake News — who,what, where, why, and WTF, Digital Manipulation, photoschlopping (digital photography manipulation) hoaxing for fun and profit, and mild misleading.”
The aim is to help people avoid falling into the fake news trap. It’s taught by University of Southern California’s Mark Marino and Winona State’s Talan Memmott.
And the class begins on – no coincidence – Jan. 20, inauguration day.
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