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November 28, 2022

 

Can you spot the difference between real and fake news?

In the article ” Fake News Fooling Millions!” I learned that a fake news site called The Boston Tribune went viral with a story that the government was secretly tracking Americans using computer chips in credit cards. The fake stories are all part of a disturbing trend. Some political analysts say fake news stories spread on social media might have helped tip the election to Donald Trump. Fake news can be hard to identify according to a study at Stanford University most middle-schoolers couldn’t tell the difference between real and fake news. Most of them believed the fake news because there was a photo accompanying it. However, this has been going on for centuries and is called yellow journalism. Experts say it will take a concerted effort by the public and the media to fix the problem of misinformation and slow the spread of fake news.

To identify fake news we must be skeptical, verify that the site is published by a reputable source, and we can always use fact checking sites however if you are young you might want to ask someone older than you for help.


How to spot Fake news?

After reading the article, “How to Fact-Check the Internet” I noticed how we are often surrounded by fake news.  Each time we read an article we must be conscious about it.  Oftentimes many people let their emotions cloud their judgment after reading a shocking article, post, or video.  This could cause harm as people won’t think and will automatically start sharing and further spreading false news.  Many don’t even realize so.  

To prevent this sort of thing from continuing and repeatedly occur you must learn to fact-check what you hear and read.  Firstly when you read something you must be able to know who the author of the post is.  You must check if they are someone who has credibility.  You can also check basic things like spell-checking.  Many bots or fake news are often written with many silly grammatical errors.  Now if someone is verbally telling you some crazy news, be conscious if it’s someone you trust.  Many people can spread fake news to others and many believe it.  Don’t rely on one single source, do your research from credible sources.  


Fake News on Social Media

With technology advancing, fake news has become harder to identify on social media. And even in today’s events – political, social, and influential – there have been posts on multiple social media platforms that are misleading or biased.

For example, when misleading posts go viral and become shared, that information is being mislead to others. Which causes a whole cycle of spreading false information around. This happens when people do not check the sources behind the information or when they don’t fact-check it.

Other posts’ information could be misleading due to biased sources reporting on it. If a channel, station, or publisher has negative or positive extra feelings about someone or something they are reporting on, that could interfere with their honest and full judgement on that, which ends up interfering with the reported outcome. This affects their reputation and identity, which is what happens when people spread around false or misleading information/posts on the internet.


Misleading Information

In the article, “He’s Fighting QAnon with Sunlight” The fact that the media is misleading people with false information is upsetting.  This is not good because misleading people with news might cause controversy.  Controversy is sometimes not a good thing because it can lead to riots or two sides having disputes.  One example is when news outlets were spreading the news about Russia having to do something with the election.

I think what is happening about fake news is horrible.  It must be horrible to spread fake news.  It’s hard to imagine why new owlets would lie to the people just to get their opinions out there. Here in the U.S., we need to work on how the new project there ideas to us.

Should the news outlets be opinionated?


Learning About Fake News and How to Spot It

In this article written by Alina Tugend about the problems of Fake News, it talks about a particular group of students in Brooklyn, New York that are learning news literacy and legitimacy.

An issue that our society has, is that no one is taught to tell if the news is fake or real. This brings about a lot of fake news and people believing whatever they see on social media, especially with a rise in people looking at their screens constantly.

A recent report from a nonprofit group called Media Literacy Now says, “Media literacy is the literacy of the 21st century.” This meaning that media literacy is going to be a very important tool in our current generations and is going to be something that must be taught to everyone.

The author of this article talks about a solution to require media literacy as a class in schools. She says that there is no long term evidence for teaching news literacy, but there has been a strong correlation of students that take the class are able to spot false content and judge misinformation and they like to keep up to date on current events and the news.

I believe that Alina is right. I think that in the upcoming years, media literacy will be a very common class in schools and students will be more aware of fake news and more engaged in current events.


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These Students Are Learning About Fake News and How to Spot It



The dangers of spreading Fake News

In our world today many have directed the majority of their attention to the election. When we watch the news and debates, individuals form opinions based on what they’re hearing. Based on what news channel you’re listening to, that reporter might be biased and give you a false interpretation. I think that we should listen to a variety of different individuals who come from different backgrounds because their perspectives can vary depending on what they are experiencing, even if they don’t share the same beliefs as you (Yoon). We need to be open in accepting  hearing more opinions, instead of always just siding with one belief.

Majority of the news sources edit out their own opinions, but most of the popular channels don’t filter out their opinions. Most people share the popular news channels around the media, which then spreads false information and biased opinions to many others (Watson). When people post on social media, their goal is to change your public opinion on a certain topic and to mislead you into thinking that they’re information is true (Aggarwal). Many times individuals will post fake news that agrees with their opinions, in hopes that others will side with them. Everything we view on the media gives us a false identity of who someone really is. It’s important to put yourself in someone’s else’s shoes, especially when false information is shared about them. Empathy heals conflict, so when you can’t identify with someone, then you most likely won’t show empathy towards them. It’s very important to make sure your receiving accurate information nowadays because we need to be educated as much as possible with everything happening around us. 

Works Cited

 Aggarwal, Swati, et al. “Media Bias Detection and Bias Short Term Impact Assessment.” Array, Elsevier, 18 Apr. 2020, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590005620300102.

Watson, J. Joseph. “Yes, News Media Bias Is Very Real. And It’s Harder than Ever to 

Separate Fact from Fiction.” GOOD, GOOD, 20 May 2020, 

www.good.is/Politics/news-bias-is-real-how-to-find-the-truth.

Yoon, Phillip. “Why We Need to Listen to Other People’s Opinions.” Letter, 28 Mar. 

2020, 

www.jhunewsletter.com/article/2020/03/why-we-need-to-listen-to-other-peoples-opinions.


When photos lie…

In the articles “When Photos Lie” by Laura Anastasia and Mary Kate Frank the argument is that when navigating social media we should always take precaution with the images uploaded as they might not always be true. For example in the article it states how there was an image upload in 2016 originating from a  Russian Facebook account where it displayed a woman with her child at a immigration rally holding a sign saying “Give Me More Free Stuff”. Due to the controversial perspective on immigration it caused an uproar. Those who were anti immigration used this image to support the ideas that immigrants were freeloaders and just came to the U.S. to take rather than contribute to the economy. Those who defended immigration were enraged. The image was indeed fake and what it really said was “No One Is Illegal on Stolen Land” . However the article analyzes how social media has become a place where false information can be spread. They argue how these phony images manipulate people’s emotions and can make them believe in fake news. Just how that image was fake it is important for individuals to understand the difference between a real photo and a “phony photo”. First of all if an image brings a emotion then start asking questions about the image or inform yourself more but with a rather trustworthy source.

Overall what stood out to me about this article on how true it is. Social media has many fake photos but it is crazy how people can be easily fooled. We see fake photos on the daily with celebrities that we might follow on our social media. For example the Kardashians are portrayed as curvy and beautiful women . Mostly everyone knows that the majority of the women in that family have had surgery but even so as they exposed to their posts on the socials they start to idolize their bodies. For example Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian have been  criticised for using photoshop and several filters on their posts. Everyone should be careful of what they believe in social media because some of the fake news can really impact people beliefs and views.


Fake News

Fake News

Recently, fake news has been very talked about the 2016 Trump v.s. Hillary election and even after that. According to an oxford essay,”Fake news is not new, but the American presidential election in 2016 placed the phenomenon squarely onto the international agenda”. Fake news is used to tell people bias news and information. The first step to this is creating a fake news site. 

How they create there content is different though. They can either make it themselves or they can use clickbait, according to the article “Where Does Fake News Come From”. They then need to monetize it so that they can make money off of it. They need to advertise it to make the money though. They then need to spread it through social media. Fake news is not good for society. 

https://oxfordre.com/communication/communication/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228613-e-809
https://www.cits.ucsb.edu/fake-news/where

Fake News

Fake news is a form of news consisting of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional news media (print and broadcast) or online social media. Digital news has brought back and increased the usage of fake news, or yellow journalism. The news is then often reverberated as misinformation in social media but occasionally finds its way to the mainstream media as well.

Fake news is news, stories or hoaxes created to deliberately misinform or deceive readers. Usually, these stories are created to either influence people’s views, push a political agenda or cause confusion and can often be a profitable business for online publishers. Fake news stories can deceive people by looking like trusted websites or using similar names and web addresses to reputable news organisations.

What can we do about it? Media organisations like the BBC and Channel 4 have also established fact checking sites While these are welcome developments, digital media literacy and developing skills to critically evaluate information are essential skills for anyone navigating the internet and especially for young people.

The vast amount of information available online and rise in fake news highlights the need for critical thinking. Children need to develop critical thinking from an early age. This is a key skill for young people to develop as they enter into third level education and prepare themselves for the workplace.


Fake News in the United States

“You Are Fake News !” said by president Trump. During president Trump first press conference since the mid-term election day, president Trump refuses to give the reporter from CNN a question, and called it a fake news. Fake news always exist, but it had become popular after the 2016 election. The republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called the media give him negative reports “Fake News”.

The problem of fake news is always exist, but as the internet grows, it is much easier now to spread information that is inaccurate. But why fake news becomes a problem that is so necessary to be addressed in now days. While in a democracy state, the public opinion is very important in the policy making process. The news as a source for the citizens to gain information about the government can influence the public opinion a lot. If the information given by the news is inaccurate, in a lot of ways it can hurt our democracy. Also the fake news can also hurt our national security, the forign states can use fake news to manipulate our domestics public opinion to influence elections and legislation. 

It is very hard to spot fake news, but it is very necessary for us to know which source is accurate and unbiased. To gain source in a right way and make wise decision are both very important component to be a responsible citizen.


A Divided Nation… The Beginning of the End?

Our nation is in a crisis. The political party divide has become almost violent and the citizens of our country are more hostile towards their political opponents than ever before. I’m not saying that political parties are bad, teaming up is in out human nature; it’s a pack mentality. It is when these “packs” becaome violent and hostile towards eachother that it can become deadly. 

Looking at our politics today, there is a lot of argument over what information is true, and what is molded to make people look a certain way. It was just a couple of weeks ago that our own president, a Republican, tweeted about how hostile the Democratic house  of representatives was for looking into impeachment on him and even comparing it to a lynching. It is when we look into the media spread about this tweet that we can truly see the divide of party throughout the country.

First we look at an article by Fox News that reports the tweet. Because this is a mostly republican news source, there is little bias or oppinionated comments about the tweet. But, if you look at other articles published by the same company, like this one about Speaker house Nancy Pelosi, a democrat, the author makes blatant insults toward the entire democratic party, reffering to them as, “Pelosi and her henchmen,” and calling the impeachment inquiry an, “assault by the Democratic speaker.” By looking at these two articles from the same source. It is easy to see that they are willing to say a lot in defense of themselves but little when they are in the wrong.

Next we look at an article by CNN about the same impeachment tweet. CNN is a well known Democratic news source. This article uses more subtle ways to vilainize their Republican counterparts but it is noticeable in some sentances like, “Trump’s use of the term is also notable as he has frequently stoked racial tensions while in office.” They speak about the parties, and the president, like members of rival teams which is also noticable when they say, “Another top Trump ally, Sen. Lindsey Graham, was more vociferous in his defense.” Verbiage like this of ‘allies’ is what is causing the issues in Washington D.C. and in everyday American life everywhere.

The hostility and polarization of politics today is slowly destroying our countries unity and nationalism. The Civil War that is being created between the Democrats and the Republicans is beginning to sound dangerous and it could be the down fall of the land of the free.


Letter On Fake News To Jimmy Wales

Dear Jimmy Wales,

My 9th-grade team is writing to you because we share some similarities on fake news. The issue we are fighting again is that the government and citizens are spreading the fake news all around the world and people are believing it. What caused the issue is the government handling and spreading false information. However, they want to hide the real truth and just want to convince us of issues like raise money as fraud and like the Black Lives Matter fake page.

In my opinion us people are harmed by the issue because now we don’t know what to believe.

Some tactics of social change that are on this topic are Marches and Rallies and Civil Disobedience. However, some oppressions that match this topic is ideological and institutional oppression.

My 9th-grade team had decided to make plenty of copies saying “Help Stop Fake News” with an article and we are going to post them all around the school. These posters all around the school should help people see what fake news is and it can help us try to make a point to stop it.

Sincerely,

Shania Brown and Sharai Ward

UNKNOWN. “Jimmy Wales.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 6 May 2018, en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Wales. Helps find allies for certain topics. Gives plenty of information on Jimmy Wales.

 


Fake News and how to stop it

I feel that fake news is a very serious issue that affects any nation of the world, and it should be addressed more often in politics. The media plays a very important role in not just politics, but also in society, as it brings us information about current events and such. However, news can be warped in just the right specs just to fool the masses for economic gain or fulfilling a political agenda. Normally, this is the result of “sponsors” who pay the outlets to spew their fear mongering and bias claims to their followers. With that in mind, this can be dangerous for a democracy-like government because of how easily it is to control people’s minds to sway the political atmosphere.

While this is a very serious issue, a lot of people do recognize it as a problem. And it can even be easily spotted if there are click-bait titles, obviously biased stories and the like. So this problem can be fixed to a certain degree with the help of those who are considered above the lowest common denominator. If the people can stop falling for the septic tank that is the news media, then those news outlets will stop spreading lies and fear mongery.

https://www.youthvoices.live/tag/fake-news/