Web sites created to deliberately fool people in to thinking they are real.
Such imaginative and spoof sites are useful for promoting critical thinking about the truthfulness of information found on the Internet, and are often used in library instruction segments on evaluating sources.
Though not exactly deliberate hoaxes, the satirical online newspaper The Onion and the white supremacist creation martinlutherking.org are frequently mentioned as being useful for this purpose. Other shock sites or provocative pages (such as a pro-anorexia community) may also be useful to show to mature audiences.
See also: Web sites "Valuation" section
 External Links
- Open Directory Project listings A large, updated directory of hoax sites