Fake news is false news that appears to be real only because it has the ability to draw an audience who will give it life. Whether the news is factual or not, the more likes or views something has, the truer it is in the eyes of most. According to an article on the CBS website, "fake news is used to describe stories that are provably false, have an enormous traction in the culture, and are consumed by millions of people". In other words, most people in our society are drawn to the absurd and let 's face it; everyone loves the sexy story. Most people avoid the truth because it could be ugly, painful, and can possibly cause self-reflection.
Have you ever felt pressured by someone or something to change the way you look. The media's modern method of advertising is harming people's self image. Many serious issues have been caused due to their inefficient methods of advertising. Young boys and girls are mostly suffering from this misconduct. Teens will do harmful thing to their bodies in order to live up to expectations.
Furthermore, another exaggerated representation of crime by the media is this overemphasis of extraordinary crimes. Felson & Eckert, (2015) discusses the 2 main fallacies about crime, these focus on misconception of crime. The ‘Dramatic fallacy’ is the focus on drama crime that are shocking. Felson & Eckert states that “The media are carried away by a horror-distortion sequence” they find a story that entertains the public and also make profit while forming a fairy tales in the minds of the public then carry on this fable into the next story. While this is happening, the public misconception of crime grow therefore, it is no accident that crime becomes so distorted in the public mind (Felson & Eckert, 2015).
Cyberbullying: The Epidemic That Needs More Attention Bullying is a tactic that has been used by man kind for as long as there has been history. People bully each other for power, status or an objective. Thanks to the birth of social media bullying has made its way to cyberspace and runs ramped throughout the internet. It ruins friendships, careers and even takes lives, however; the topic seems to be off the radar to most. Some see it as internet “trolls” trying give people a hard time, but, that’s not entirely true.
It has the ability to enlighten the lives of people but also has the ability to perpetuate stereotypes. The recent crisis of the Palestinian Arab – Israeli conflict has created big buzz on the media. Even though the media still has painted a one sided picture between the victim and the attacker. The unbalanced coverage has created a mindset the Arab states are up for violence and power, while Israel is left alone protecting its people. Such distorted representations of Arabs has led to other countries to believe it too which can further create problem between the nations relationship.
It also has the propensity to increase the biasness of the people and help spreading more stereotyping of the people e.g. aggressive personality people are known to commit various crimes and hence helps to spread wrong signal about aggressive people. While on the other hand people do not consider aggression wrong in Indo- Pak cricket match. Also we forget the basic thing that this tool works on digital devices. Thus requiring some computer skill, to operate.
The media plays a large role in the publicity serious scientists and frauds receive, as terrible news makes great television. Fox (1996) argued frauds appear on television and act in an unprofessional and unethical manner while claiming expertise in areas they, and no practitioners, truly have the answers to. There has also been an increase in the visibility of scientific misconduct, as the unethical actions of the few overshadow the genuine contributions of the many (Fox, 1996). The portrayal of psychology in the media has implications for the reception of psychology by policymakers. Psychology has been fighting for many years to be recognized as a science, but the government has failed to include it in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs (Kazdin, 2012).
Newspaper nowadays also carry articles which are based upon claims from unnamed sources. This gives these articles an opportunity to allow society to express baseless allegations. This can also be considered a violation for journalism itself as the idea of journalism is to unravel the truth for the people rather than feeding them false news. This comes to show that the goal of journalism has slowly started to shift towards profits and sales record. This is the evolution of yellow journalism which is why many people have started to claim that this is purely unprofessional
Although sometimes media is linked with spreading fake news but then it also helps a lot to inform us about the reality. We cannot deny the fact that this world is full of so many social problems we need media to high light this problems so the government or other people could take steps to finish these social issues. For example: Poverty Violence Corruption Suppression of human
Next, we will have the risk of being offended by what other people say. For example public figures feel danger and fear even if they didn 't do anything wrong. Fake news story or a piece of political propaganda can easily viral and millions of people will believe it because they see it in many places. Another disadvantage of media is the misused could bring harm to our health. The excessive used of social media could have serious detrimental outcomes on both mental and even physical health of individuals.