Why You Should Care About Fake News
Why You Should Care About Fake News
It has been said that the art of news-telling is an art that is born with all news reporters. This is because all news-makers carry a bias for the news. They have a natural affinity toward information that is factual, concise and up-to-date. For news aficionados like myself, this is news heaven. But for the rest of us, not so lucky, the world of news can be quite a scary place! Let me share with you some of my favorite things about the news.
False Information: Not only is it always easier to disseminate false information than it is to disseminate true information, but there are many people on the Internet who thrive on spreading false information. Social media sites are full of people who are more interested in pushing a political agenda than they are in informing you of current events. Unfortunately, this social media sites’ popularity has also increased the amount of false information spread across the Internet. While I am not saying that all social media sites are bad, many people seem to make their living by spreading false information online.
Bias: This goes hand in hand with false information, because while all social media sites offer a way to communicate and interact with each other, many people use the social media sites to vent their frustration and to poke fun at others. When you overhear a friend talking trash about his or her ex, how do you feel? Well, when you read blogs written by haters, you might want to run the opposite direction. You see, many people who post fake news stories and who post inflammatory statements often also love to taunt those people who post real news stories online, thus adding to the bias factor.
Politics: This is one of the biggest problems with the Internet, because it seems like so many people think they know something because they spend so much time on social media. If you were able to get a hold of some of the most powerful leaders in politics, you would think they would all be tweeting about how wonderful everything is in China right now. Of course, they are not because they know full well what is going on in China right now, but they also know that millions of people all over the world are enjoying the experience of modern life in China, and they don’t want it to stop any time soon. Therefore, it’s not surprising that they are using social media outlets such as Twitter to spread their fake news stories.
Fake News Stories: It’s no wonder that many people are distrustful of the news today, because so many people know that so much of what they are reading and seeing is simply a bunch of nonsense being pushed by propagandists to influence the masses. If you take a look at CNN and several other news networks, you will notice that the people writing the news pieces are often very focused and knowledgeable. They are often professional reporters who are more interested in getting the information out to as many people as possible than in pushing any specific agenda for their news story. They also know when to relay fake news stories in order to make the target feel bad about the situation they are going through in the world. For example, if there is an earthquake in China, journalists know to run a piece stating that there have been missing children, etc., even though it is obvious that this particular event did not happen in China.
Fake News Stories: Another reason why people are skeptical about the news is because they know there is a whole industry built off of pushing fake news stories. The most prominent person in this industry is Fake Steve Harvey. This guy spouts nonsense like a 4th grader at first glance and then continues to spout nonsense as though it is fact. He was recently removed from his job at CNN because he was caught lying about the number of girls he has slept with. Other reporters and pundits have made the same mistakes, so it is important to keep a guard on yourself when reading anything that is said on the Internet. Use your brain and make good decisions instead of listening to fake news.