Blog Post #2
Fake News is the phenomenon of untruthful, exaggerated, or misinformed information being published in media for the general public to read. Fake News is becoming more of a prominent issue in today’s society. Readers must be wary of the issue of fake news as they navigate though news sources and looking for credible information.
When a reader is looking for information and news that is factual, its imperitive that they are looking on credible news outlets. Many news sources have political bias which can skew a story to make one side seem better than another. Researching and finding news outlets that are neutral and honest can make you less likely to falling into the trap of a Fake News story.
Social media is often a perpetuator of Fake News because it releases user generated content. Often times, users of social media wont research posts that they see on social media, and are quick to share that information, without identifying if it is truthful or not. Witch such quick spread of Fake News this way, it can be hard for social media users to identify what is real or not .
As someone who is very interested in sports and closely follows sports news, silly seasons, and sports “drama”, I often find it difficult to navigate through sports news that is truthful or not. One moment I may read that a team decided to trade a player, only to find out soon after that the news story I just read was not true at all. These types of “mishaps” can happen all over media, not just in sports, because of Fake News.
One of the best ways to combat Fake News stories would be for news to come directly from the source. If a nonprofit or organization would like something truthful written about their brand, it would be most beneficial for them to write it themselves. This practice ensures that no information will be skewed or misunderstood along the way, and all of the information that is being released about their brand is accurate.
As we navigate through news media outlets in the future, it is imperative that we are aware of the issue of Fake News. Once we as readers recognize and identify Fake News, the quicker we can move onto reading truthful ad accurate news stories that educate and enrich us.