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ENGL 346: Jane Eyre and Its Afterlives: The Information Cycle

This guide will help you build the historical context for E.M. Forster's "Passage to India"

Writing About Events

What is The Information Cycle?

The Information Cycle is the progression of media coverage of a particular newsworthy event.  In the moments after an event, the Information Cycle begins and it continues in the following hours, days, weeks, months, and years. It includes information about the event across all media formats.

Understanding how information is created, how it is transmitted, and how it changes over time will help you better evaluate information sources covering an event or topic.

After an event, information about that event becomes available in a pattern similar to this:

Information Timeline

Information Cycle of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

The timeline below is an example of how an event, like the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, generates information that is produced and distributed over the passage of time.

Directions for Use: Each dot represents a date in the timeline. Move the mouse over different dates to view a key event. Click on the bubble to view more information about the event. For some events, links to additional information are provided.

Disclaimer: Please note that not all types of information sources are included and some dates are approximate.

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