What is Fake News and why has it become so prominent? In order to explain there are a couple article that I found in regards to this topic. The first one is How did the news go ‘fake’? When the media went social and the other one being What’s “fake news”? 60 Minutes producers investigate.
The Fake News. It’s Complicated article provided me the terms that relate to fake news such as “misinformation (the inadvertent sharing of false information) and disinformation (the deliberate creation and sharing of information known to be false).” I think that a lot of people may share fake news without realizing it because they may not know that what they are sharing is fake. The Fake News. It’s Complicated article provides a really good chart that helps to explain the ways of Misinformation and Disinformation which you can see below.
The Fake News. It’s Complicated. article makes a really good statement “Every time we passively accept information without double-checking, or share a post, image or video before we’ve verified it, we’re adding to the noise and confusion. The ecosystem is now so polluted, we have to take responsibility for independently checking what we see online” (Wardle, 2017). I think that it would be important to teach our students to make sure they are that verifying their information in order to make sure they are not sharing fake news.
The Stanford Study article talks a lot about students and how they are easily tricked by online media sources that they cant tell are fake. There is a statement in the article that says, “Overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: bleak” (2016). The Stanford study gives a lot of example of ways to learn how to validate if a source is true or not. The article discusses the fact that news outlets may put out a fake article for more money saying, “Many news organizations have turned to native advertising as a source of revenue. By definition, native advertising tries to sell or promote a product in the guise of a news story. Native advertising makes it difficult for unsuspecting readers to know if and when there is an ulterior motive behind the information they encounter” (2016). Sources may put out news to get more attention in order to make more money and when people give them that attention they will keep doing what they are doing.
A lot of experiences I have had with fake news would be from social media and from fake movie announcements. I see a lot of fake news when it comes to celebrities and announcements from them. It would be important to address this in the classroom as it would be important to make sure that they have the ability to verify the information they believe to be true. We could teach the students to make sure they verify news they may find on social media. We could help students to know what news and media outlets are reliable and what ones should be verified. We could show students ways to spot fakes news by showing them tips and articles such as this one titled How to Spot Fake News or the article Fake news: Universities offer tips on how to spot it.