The Relevance of Discursive Strategies to Information Evaluation Practices



Recent work across disciplines has examined the current post-truth climate and various types of information disorders which have permeated the internet. Scholars have made significant progress in defining and theorizing information literacy and its various aspects, as well as in designing programs to help students acquire the relevant skills for evaluating information. Nevertheless, further exploration is needed, for example to understand the roles of criteria in information evaluation. The present study draws on scholarship in discourse and rhetoric studies to suggest how discursive strategies, a key concept in these convergent areas, can inform approaches to information evaluation. To illustrate this improved approach, this study explores the case of a recent piece of fake news that involves both text and image and has circulated widely as a digital flyer on social media.

Keywords: information evaluation, discursive strategies, disinformation, information literacy, information rhetoric, fake news, conspiracy theories

How to Cite: Vamanu, I. (2022) “The Relevance of Discursive Strategies to Information Evaluation Practices”, Poroi. 17(1). doi: