Real Vs. Fake

Something Real

Smithsonian magazine claims that Climate Activists Throw Soup on Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ to Protest Fossil Fuels

Investigate the Source

According to the Wikipedia page for Smithsonian, the magazine is the Smithsonian Institute’s official journal publication. The Smithsonian institute is a reputable collection of museums and research centers.

Find Trusted Coverage

This story has been covered by several news outlets including very well-known news sites like CNN and The Washington Post.

Trace Claims

Smithsonian cites reputable sources throughout the article for their claims, such as The Guardian, the New York Times, and even the National Gallery, where the event took place. They even include a video of the protest as it happened.

Something Fake

Natural News claims that West Coast orcas are experiencing 100% infant mortality rate as radiation from Fukushima drifts across ocean.

Investigate the Source

The Wikipedia page for Natural News says that the news source is a fake news site promoting primarily far-right extremist conspiracy theories.

Find Trusted Coverage

There are few articles about this claim, and the ones that do exist cite Natural News as the source. According to Snopes’ article on it, the claims are false and arose from fear-mongering subsequent to the Fukushima disaster.

Trace Claims

Natural News includes links to a few claims within their article, but they both just lead to the Natural News homepage. They list several sources at the end of their article from reputable news sources detailing the deaths of orcas, but none of them mention radiation as the cause of death.

Who Is The Internet For?

Accessibility and Openness make it so the internet can be for everyone.



Openness makes for a place where everyone has access to information. Rather than putting up digital fences around information or processes, creating an open space on the internet not only makes for an efficient way to share thoughts and ideas but also opens the door to meaningful collaboration. For more information on the importance and ways to create openness, check out Brad Frost’s TED Talk on openness.


Taking part in creating openness can be as easy as simply sharing what you know online. This can be through sharing information like tutorials, recipes, etc. on social media.

two geese on a pond, one facing toward the camera while there is a side view of the second goose.



Similarly to how it is important to accommodate disabled people so they can have easy accessibility in the physical world, it’s important to create an easily accessible digital space as well to ensure equal access for all users. Not only will accessibility make a website open to a larger audience, but it often has unforeseen advantages for able-bodied folks as well.


Some ways to have good accessibility on a website are to include closed captions on videos or to provide alt text on images.


me and my Kirsten Larson doll partying it up at my birthday over the summer

Hi I’m Megan! I’m a transfer junior, and I’m currently majoring in English, but might switch things up slightly and change to a focus in creative writing. Remains to be seen. In my free time though, I love any kind of fiber art: sewing, crochet, knitting, embroidery, naalbinding, anything.