poor quality sources needed
May 15, 2020 3:00 AM   Subscribe

Poor quality source on Ancient Egypt needed. I want to try and show students the difference between a high quality source and a low quality source, but I'm struggling to find actual examples of lower quality sources. Audience of 11-13 year-olds.

Hooray for remote learning! Hit me up with the dodgiest looking websites you can find, please!
posted by freethefeet to Education (12 answers total)
 
What about some Graham Hancock??
posted by Mrs. Rattery at 3:42 AM on May 15 [1 favorite]


I don't know what source would be best for this but there's a lot of sketchy
articles out there about Egypt and aliens, Wikipedia even called it pseudoscientific https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_astronauts
posted by typecloud at 5:10 AM on May 15


https://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/940347/Time-travel-speed-of-light-prof-aliens-built-pyramids-UFO this looks like the sort of thing I'm looking for... keep them coming!

Thanks!
posted by freethefeet at 5:34 AM on May 15


Erich von Daniken?
posted by rd45 at 5:35 AM on May 15 [4 favorites]


Here's a nice debunking of von Daniken using Pacal, and Maya symbolism: Pacal

This analysis allows you to elide the symbols with von Dainken's awful misinterpretation of the image.
posted by effluvia at 6:31 AM on May 15


You can’t go far without Pyramid Power!

Apparently the Egyptian pyramids were used keep razor blade sharp among other things.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 6:49 AM on May 15 [1 favorite]


You might want to even point out that even schools can provide low-quality sources. Despite what some schools have taught in recent decades, Egyptians were not masters of "precognition, psychokinesis, remote viewing and other underdeveloped human capabilities." More background here and here.
posted by Mr.Know-it-some at 7:00 AM on May 15 [2 favorites]




depending on where you live* you could cite the actual bible as a poor quality source.

*frex not if you live in the parts of america where ppl will like. shoot you. for doing that.
posted by poffin boffin at 8:27 AM on May 15


Some of these are probably too risqué for showing the whole article to other people's children, but others would make hilarious screencaps.
posted by teremala at 9:07 AM on May 15


Chiming in on Daniken; specifically the 1972 documentary (!) film version, narrated by Rod Serling (!), and nominated for an Academy Award (!!). It is so cheesy; it used to run once or twice a year on tv, and eventually I got embarrassed even laugh watching it.
posted by winesong at 2:23 PM on May 15


My Egyptology lecturer told our class if anyone had Budge or Von Daniken in their bibliography it was an instant fail.

Not sure what the hating on early Egyptology was about.
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 11:47 PM on May 15


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