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Title There are many different authorities including academics politicians global organizations and companies who make knowledge claims As an experienced TOK student what criteria do you use to distinguish between knowledge opinion and propaganda Introduction These days in the information age of the 21st century people in our society are engulfed in the mass media and receive many kinds of information All this abundance of information raises fundamental questions on information its self How much information and of what value do we get every day from either seeing something being taught in school or just watching TV From all the opinions and propaganda we are exposed to every day how much of that has turned into our knowledge In what way has our knowledge with the help of propaganda formed our opinion Hypothesis I believe that the criteria for distinguishing between knowledge opinion and propaganda are 1 To analyze what type of people in terms of cultural historical and educational background believe in a certain issue - This will help to classify different groups of knowers provide an insight into the reasons for certain beliefs and give each belief a sort of value or degree of truth 2 To incorporate as many objective perspectives as possible on a certain subject be it a conversation newspaper articles books TV historical records or even just a rumor - This will help to draw a more distinct line between the different groups of knowers and provide a substantial argument for the justification of ones belief Knowledge Knowledge is the information understanding and skills that one gains through education or experience It is something certain a fact that can only be replaced or changed by another fact held as being truer or more true Why is it that we students of the IB-Program examine and investigate the term knowledge so much in the subject of TOK In spite of it
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