Blog Post 4: Myths & Truths About Your Topic

(Formerly Summary of Existing Media Related to Topic)

It is time to continue establishing yourself as an expert on your topic. You have already identified sources of information and misinformation used by your target audience. Blog Post 4 is the next step in the process: Informing readers of what information is out there to support your cause as well as debunking myths about your topic or need.

Identify accurate and inaccurate advice/misinformation about your topic and area of need. You may find that inaccurate advice/misinformation contributes more to “what is,” while accurate advice more likely supports “what ought to be,” but this is not always the case. Your goal is to not only identify this information, but also to use what you’ve previously learned at Cal Poly – including but not limited to content from a previous course or techniques for evaluating the credibility and accuracy of information – to provide justification for how you are categorizing the information. Your claims and categorization should be based on critical thinking and credible sources; they should not be based on opinions, whether the opinions belong to you or another party. As always, you must provide sources using “www” format to support your claims.

A popular approach for presenting misinformation is to use a “Debunking Myths about [your topic/area of need]” format. In this format you list each myth or popular belief and then summarize credible information (with links and sources) that debunks it, while providing information and sources for the truth. Example:

Debunking Myths about Child Weightlifting

Myth #1: Weightlifting is not recommended for children because it can stunt their growth.
False: The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) says fears about weight training affecting a child’s growth are unfounded. Children can participate in weightlifting but only if it is done in a safe, supervised, appropriate manner. The AAP also provides rules to follow to ensure strength training is safely conducted, which are summarized by WebMD and The Mayo Clinic.

We will use this approach for this assignment. You must address at least 8 potential myths, with at least 4 being debunked as false. At least one of your potential myths must be found through Twitter; indicate this in its review.

Be sure to include a brief introduction to your overarching topic and/or area of need that includes an appropriate link or links to your previous post(s) on the topic, as well as links to any other information that you reference or would be helpful. Your introduction should also set up the myths you are about to evaluate (tell them what you’re going to tell them). Then, provide your evaluation and review of each potential myth (tell them). Finally, write a summary of the point of the post that ties back to the introduction (tell them what you told them). Your conclusion should also recommend good sources of information on your topic, which you hopefully identified while conducting your Twitterature Review. At least one recommended source of information should have a Twitter presence, and you must include its Twitter username (e.g.:@whatever).

Categorize your post as “Assignments” and “[your topic name]”, and add tag it with related keywords such as “myth,” “fact or fiction”, etc., as well as any other keywords relevant to your topic and post. Include photos, videos, and illustrations (e.g., charts) that support and enhance your post; don’t be gratuitous!

After reading your blog post, a reader should have a clear understanding of your topic, as well as the knowledge that a piece of popular belief is credible and true, or misinformed and false. They should also understand why the belief is true or false, based on scientific or factual justification. If a belief is false, they should know what the truth is. You have begun your campaign in increasing public knowledge of the truth around your topic.

This assignment is due by 6:00 PM on Wednesday, March 4.

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