Web of lies

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We’ve all seen a tweet, a news story, a Facebook post, or something on the internet that just didn’t seem right. But how many times do we actually check the correctness of the information we come across on the internet? This week I have created a video which demonstrates just how easy it is to create and spread miss- and diss-information. An issue which, may seem harmless when simply making celebrities seemingly say funny things – but in an era of ‘Hashtag Activism‘ we must be aware of misleading or false information. Although social media has proven a very useful activism tool in cases such as #January25; we must be aware of individual’s power to capitalise on this tool – as seen in the controversial #Kony2012. This issue is so prevalent in fact, that the Washington Post had a column dedicated to it (which has now stopped.) So, do you believe everything you read on the internet? Comment below.

 

8 thoughts on “Web of lies

  1. I try to take most things I read on the internet with a grain of salt. Like you say, it is incredibly easy for us to be exposed to fake news and other misleading information – and it is important that we try and fact check to make sure the news stories we are getting are completely accurate. Having said that though, this is much easier said than done, and with our busy lives the way they are, I for one know that I definitely do not have the time to do in depth research into the stories I am exposed to. Are there any strategies that you personally use to ensure that you are not involved in the spreading and absorption of misleading information?

    I used this source in last week’s blog about citizen journalism- I think you’d find it quite useful in adding to what you have talked about here, particularly with regard to the use of Twitter. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tyler-mahoney/hurricane-sandy-citizen-journalism_b_2082596.html

    Also great work on the mediation, I really enjoyed this!

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    1. Personally, the amount of research I do depends on on the amount of time I have and how much I am invested into the issue being presented. For example if I see a clickbait article about Kylie Jenner I will probably read it, assume it is just gossip and scroll on, if I see a suspiciously long Donald Trump tweet I will go and check if he has actually posted it, or if I see an article about a political issue – say – something about North Korea I will check other sources and look into the issue and form my own opinion of it. But generally, my strategy is to assess the source of the information and evaluate if I need to do further research or not.

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  2. Video was absolute gold.
    I always attempt to research the news presented to us just a little bit further by researching multiple sources. It’s really difficult, with the internet being such an informational sharing service, to gain access to news without any sort of bias or falsity in any amount.
    This website article is more focused around the fake news spread around Trumps presidency and how “citizen journalism” is just as prevalent across each areas of the internet. http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/23/13-major-fake-news-stories-just-five-months-trumps-presidency/

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  3. The internet definitely contains its pros and cons, with the act of citizen journalism being a crucial con when attempting to portray ill-represented and misconceived news within the media. This act continues to become prevalent to online users who seek their news online, however are faced with the level of authenticity each article brings due to the openness the internet allows. When you mentioned how users have the ability to alter the information being communicated, seeming harmless, it shows how you’ve understood the concept at hand and incorporating that into your remediation – which I found hilarious! I found this article to be of use and might help further your knowledge on citizen journalism: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2012/jun/11/rise-of-citizen-journalism

    Other than that, I enjoyed your read!

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  4. This video is great! Definitely emphasises the fact that we need to be careful as to what information we are reading on the internet. Also, with the rise of citizen journalism I believe it is increasingly difficult to always know the full side of story as there can be misleading information or the original poster has obscured their information to make it fit the story they want. Due to this, i try to always do some extra research if i am reading an article or watching a video on something important, especially if I see it on twitter or facebook. Here, I found an article which extends on what I’m talking about! https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/19/1635557/-Professional-and-Citizen-Journalism-in-the-Age-of-Fake-News

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  5. Love your remediation! It shows just how easy it is to create fake information. Social media is such a powerful tool that can be used to create revolutions for real issues, however, as you have demonstrated it can also be very misleading. Aggregating and curating content from a variety of sources can be useful, however, this doesn’t always work (Ex. Kony – which was everywhere). You might like this article which discusses how the Kony2012 campaign got so big but ended with little talk about its failure https://mumbrella.com.au/kony-2012-the-biggest-social-media-experiment-in-history-ends-in-failure-so-why-is-nobody-talking-about-it-86939

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  6. What a great video! Firstly, I’m very impressed by your hacking skills and I have no idea how you did it but I bow down to you. I think your point about how often we fact check the news and information we see online is really accurate and I know that I personally am often guilty of reading a headline or article and being captivated by it but not enough to look any further into the topic – this could easily mean that I am being misled by bias sources without even realising. Have a look at this brief article that covers the issue of audiences being unaware that citizen journalism is often largely unscreened http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1111595

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