However, while the authors of these fake news stories continue to post articles to make money, and convince us of opinions different than our own, we are creating new ways to recognize fake news and stop it from spreading. These new ways to recognize fake news include, checking an author, checking a source, and reading the whole article before believing the headline. While fake news may also be able to change our decisions and opinions, as long as we understand how to recognize fake news, we can stop it. Truth is important in the media because it has a wide effect on us when we see fake news and share the stories until everyone has heard them. This is why fake news should be stopped and no longer be shared so it will not impact our lives
News channels are also known for exaggerating the truth when it comes to politics to gain the reader's attention. The statements that are made are exaggerated and turn into misconceptions because the viewers are lead to believe something that is not necessarily true. Misconceptions and stereotypes can be found anywhere and they are used every
Should the media be trusted? There have been many recent attacks on the media for being untruthful and biased especially in politics. Many TV networks are taking a side in politics and reporting only negatives or positives about their political party. People are losing trust in the media, especially after the many recent political catastrophes. In this day and age, it is almost as easy to find the wrong facts on the internet than the right ones.
Language and the usage of words is arguably humanity’s most powerful tool. It allows for mere thoughts to transform into ideas that can be shared with multiple individuals, whether this is through verbal or nonverbal means. Because of their ability to influence the masses, some politicians have used very calculated communication techniques to manipulate public opinion to their benefit, causing many Americans to view them as deceitful and untrustworthy. Over time, these techniques have become harder to detect, blurring the already thin line between fact and fiction. As it happens, what is supposed to be politician’s casual and conversational speech is sometimes compared to a subtle form of modern day propaganda.
Using massive quantitative analysis of Facebook, a 2016 research study observed similar information consumption patterns among users of varying political leaning, namely the tendency “to select and share content related to a specific narrative and to ignore the rest” (Watry). Catering to the confirmation bias inherent in individuals, this tendency in effect drives users away from dissenting views. The formation of isolated, like-minded groups overwhelmingly benefits pieces that are intentionally crafted to manipulate said groups, thus initiating a vicious cycle of polarization: echo chambers provide the perfect environment for “fake news” articles, which then embolden extreme ideologies and hateful remarks, which in turn creates an even more polarized political
Films such as Megamind can truly make a difference by teaching the younger audience the difference between actuality and virtual reality. But, this act of deception is not only limited to fictional texts but also real life. All forms of media can be extremely deceiving. Presently, the popularity of social media is increasing at a rapid rate. Celebrities as well as social-media influencers have an immense amount of power to influence the consumers of media.
When government controls everything that people rely on for information it becomes difficult to know what is true and what is not. Media, propaganda and history books can be a way to manipulate people. The media is a powerful tool for manipulation; both because the public is widely exposed to it and the public trusts it. The way language is used can make a great difference in one’s understanding .In Orwell's dystopian world the government used Newspeak as a way to manipulate people. The
The media is always quick to be blamed by the politicians when news do not put them in a favourable light. Therefore, with the advance of technology, politicians use media to win elections by getting the exposure they need to reach voters. Reporters have no choice but to cover the people chosen to lead the government. These days, people trust media easily and this makes politicians spread news that is related to the government easier, either facts or rumours. People who work in media should be prepared for the manipulation they will likely face when a politician is head-on into the media’s desire to seek the truth.
The reason that fake news is believable, as worded by Hannah E. Spratt, “Fake news creators can be highly skilled in writing stories that will appeal to personal emotions and beliefs, starting with a grain of truth and building up fake stories that reinforce their suspicions, worries, or desires.” (Spratt). Meaning that if a Republican will see fake stories about Democratic candidates and vise versa. Fake news has always been around but has not become a big problem in the United States until the recent Presidential election. Yet the political fake news is not the only kind. Groups of people will
Media bias is the bias or perceived bias of journalists and news producers within the mass media in the selection of events and stories that are reported and how they are covered. (political-science, 2016) Media bias refers to a widespread phenomenon that is opposite to the standard of journalism. It means that most journalists and news producers commonly report the events and news due to their preferences and personal perspectives, but not an individual one. Furthermore, the existence of the media bias is so common that it has involved a wild range of fields, such as Advertising Bias, Corporate Bias, Mainstream Bias, Sensationalism Bias and other types of bias. (political-science, 2016) Advertising bias refers to the stories that are selected or slanted to please advertisers.
According to TIME, if you receive your information from social media, you are most likely being exposed to hoaxes, rumors, and misleading news. Previous studies have shown that false information is just as likely and fast to go viral as reliable information is (Time.com). Every person in the world has been exposed to misinformation and false accusations at a time in their life. The media, once stated before, plays a vital role in the distribution of that false information. Not every person in the world is going to tell the truth, which is very sad and concerning, although it is extremely common in the world today.
Media already eats up anything that the president says and changes his words to create a story that will sell. "Fake news" is true to a certain point, because sometimes the media will alter stories so much that it will grab the attention of the reader. Getting only the truth from a media source is rare, because people will bias towards things to their liking compared to another
Additionally, through research and experience it has been proven that choices are best made when supported by evidential confirmation. Those who follow their intuition tend to rely more on news which might have a negative outcome as fake news is easily scattered throughout the different social media platforms. Nowadays, a majority of inexpert people tend to trust their instincts as they are easily persuaded when it comes to political issues and other important components of life due to their unawareness. Furthermore, some people become more gullible as they get influenced by fake information handed to them. For example, when politics are elected some people become blindsided by many of the false and misleading information.
Hyper-partisan environment involves having a two-party system such as in the UK and in the USA, where two major political parties will dominate government and will swing from one party to another between the two with little contribution of the other parties. As a result of the rise in social media since the 20th century, fake news has become more and more popular due to this, and has led to people posting up false and misinterpreted information. In this essay, I will firstly discuss what fake news is and what the problems of it are. Then, a discussion will be made comparing America to North Korea and the difference standards both have in regarding freedom of speech and freedom of press. Fake news is a dangerous tool to use as it portrays
''This is especially relevant to social contexts in which individuals initially hesitate to join a collective movement, for example, a strike because they fear becoming part of a minority that could be punished. He explains that as more people start accepting the idea, irrespective of whether it is fact or fiction, it creates what he calls a "transmission" strong enough to overcome the "reluctance" in sharing, resulting in an "explosive contagion" of traveling information. The way fake news travels through social media is much like viral news stories. Perez-Reche
First, social media can be a bad influence. Because anyone can post on social media there is lots of opinions and false information about things. For example, when it comes to drugs social media often finds a way of giving false information or saying it 's cool. All it takes is one teen to believe this
However, some might not have the knowledge to differ wrong from right on screen without censorship or any type of online data filter. In addition, false, hateful and offensive material may be posted online and spread quickly to the large unsuspecting population. In this aspect, I strongly agree for the need for protection of freedom of speech. In a recent survey by Zogby Interactive, it is discovered that 37% of news consumers find the internet more reliable than any other news source despite the fact that online information might be from unreliable sources, which more often than not, are biased and prejudiced. If not for a country’s online security, unsuspecting citizens who do not have the knowledge to differ fact from fiction will absorb what they see on the internet, generally resulting in them having extremist
(Maranzani, 2017). The Watergate Scandal had a long-term effect of how the federal government including the executive branch utilize surveillance techniques or tools without infringing one’s rights. Since the aftermath of the scandal, many journalists have jaded view towards the Republican party believing that all Republicans could be or the next Richard Nixon. Furthermore, journalists with strong ties to mainstream media gives negative publicity toward the Republican party while they give positive publicity towards the Democrat Party regarding to any event that happens between both parties. This reason alone not only divides communities throughout the country, it creates a group of people relied on the mainstream media too much where everything they say either on newspaper, TV, internet, or radio is 100% true.
A factor affecting news source credibility is news bias, especially on the part of the journalist—which, in turn, results in news being biased. According to Herbert (2001), consumers of the media in today’s technological era have a higher tendency to question the source(s) of news, as well as whether or not that news is biased because of the easy accessibility of facts on the Internet today. This bias can encompass personalization, dramatization, and fragmentation of news sources as well as source bias (Bennett, 1988). Personalization of news is defined as when journalists turn news into “human interest accounts”, focusing more on a particular individual than the issue at hand. Dramatization of news is described as stories about events being
Furthermore, the issue of objectivity becomes more complicated when considering how and citizen can now spread information, their opinion, and completely fictitious stories and claim they are all true. With the use of social media, these fake stories may spread faster and to more people than the corrected, true information. Traditional media and journalism separate opinion and fact. Social media allows for anybody with an opinion to spread anything and disguise it as fact. This is a major issue as the spread of misinformation could dangerously alter the public’s perspective of a topical issue.