Play Find the BIGGIBS!TM
Created by Carla Howell
The Center for Small Government is developing a fun, new game to sharpen your ability to see through Big Government Bias called Find the BIGGIBS!
What's a BIGGIB, you may ask? It's a Big Government Instance of Bias - a word, phrase, angle, or other form of communication that embodies Big Government bias.
We give you excerpts of real news coverage and challenge you to find all the subtle instances of Big Government bias within.
Play now: Click here to play Round 1 and see how many instances of Big Government Bias you can find.
How to play Find the BIGGIBS!
Most news articles about government are loaded with words and phrases that embody Big Government Bias we call BIGGIBS.
In each round of Find the BIGGIBS!, we present an excerpt of a typical print news article. Or an excerpt from the transcript of a radio or TV news story. The object of Find the BIGGIBS! is to see how many BIGGIBS you can spot.
Each type of BIGGIB is defined in the BIGGIB Glossary on the right side of your screen. Use this list for hints of what to look for.
Above the excerpt, you'll see the number of BIGGIBS it contains. Next to this number is a link to a breakdown of the BIGGIBS by their type. This lets you know how many of each type of BIGGIB to look for in the excerpt.
To familiarize yourself with BIGGIBS, we recommend that you review the BIGGIB Glossary before attempting to find them in an article. Start by concentrating on the most common ones, which we call the Big Six. Once you've learned to spot some of these, then try to tackle the less common BIGGIBS.
When you spot a BIGGIB, roll your mouse over it. If it highlights (the text becomes underlined and displays in a different color) indicating a link, then you've found one.
See if you can figure out which type of BIGGIB it is (e.g., Big Government Hammer). Click on the BIGGIB to see the answer and our explanation.
When you're done reading the explanation, click your browser's back button to continue searching the rest of the excerpt.
Keep a tally of how many BIGGIBS you find.
What is not said in a news piece can be just as biased as what is said. When you're done scanning the excerpt for BIGGIBS, see if you can identify key points that should have been included in an article, but were left out. We call these Omission BIGGIBS. Click on the link "What was omitted?" to see how many Omission BIGGIBS you correctly identified. Note that Omission BIGGIBS include a particular type of BIGGIB omission we call Media Blackballs.
When you're done, look at the chart above the excerpt to see the level of expertise you achieved based on the total number of BIGGIBS you found.
Having trouble spotting BIGGIBS? Need a clue? Roll your mouse over the article to expose highlighted text, indicating a BIGGIB. Continue to hold your mouse over it for a few seconds. The type of BIGGIB will display in a little yellow box. (You must have Windows Explorer 6.0 or later or Netscape 6.0 or later to use this feature). Now that you know what type of BIGGIB it is, see if you can figure out why it's that type of BIGGIB. Then click on the link to read our explanation.
We will post new rounds of Find the BIGGIBS! in the future. So please bookmark this web site (save it as a Favorite) and come back to play again. Not only is it fun and challenging, it will help you develop a valuable skill: learning to spot Big Government bias. The more you do it, the more automatic it gets - and the more savvy a news consumer you will become.
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