There are four main criteria that we use to assess the validity of a website; bias, usability, accessibility, and ethics. Today we will focus on bias.
This is also an exercise in communication skills and page design. Can you get your point across effectively? Do you know your audience?
1. Class Discussion about bias (Barbie Doll website, GI Joe website)
2. Read the following articles:
Journalism Bias this is a longer article. Skim the whole thing (except the studies and theories of media bias section). Click on links that interest you.
More on gender bias. Skim the comments--this is how a blog is different, there is a conversation/debate happening.
3. Create a one page flyer (Web1: MS Word, Web 2: notepad) that contains bias.
Girls: Boys are silly. Why can't they act right so I can get my work done? They should treat women with respect and not be so clueless.
Boys: Girls are silly. Why can't they act right so I can get my work done? They should treat men with respect and not be so clueless.
Think about your audience. Who are you writing it for? I am looking for two things. First, do you have good ideas and understand bias? Second, can you format the flyer well so you communicate these ideas? This is your first task in design.
This flyer must include the following:
- A clip art or free-non-copyrighted image. Using copyrighted images is illegal. I can google it to check, so be careful. You could make your own image if you want using Paint or Fireworks. Check the links on the right for clip-art images or go here or to Flickr and use creative commons search.
- At least three quotes (from real or imaginary people)
- Web 2 must contain at least one link in their flyer. Choose the BEST link for your page and be able to support WHY you choose it.
- Have fun with this, stay respectful and appropriate.