In today’s day and age, it can be close to impossible to tell what is fake news and what is real news. From the concept of taking someone’s face and putting that on someone else to convey a message that wouldn’t otherwise be conveyed, aka a Deep Fake, to the concept of fake news articles meant to enact a strong reaction in an already polarized climate, this spread of fake information is polarizing our political climate.
According to Journalism.org, 43% of Americans get their news through the mainstream social media site; Facebook. That averages out to be about four in ten Americans. Although the readily accessible news that is posted to Facebook is a great way to ensure that the American population is an educated bunch, it is also a great and efficient way to convey fake information. Although this has been happening for a long time, it has been widely seen in terms of politics. Facebook’s algorithm tends to show advertisements and information that are most relevant to the user, which tends to polarize the general population. Not only does this lead to an increase in negative cognitive bias, but this also leads to the spread of fake information.
Something that can be done about the spread of fake information is to always check the website that you are reading news from. Some websites are made to duplicate other reliable news sources such as abcnews.com.co and thedcgazette.com. In addition, it is important to cross-check the information that you learn online. If one news source reports on an event, other news sources are likely to also report on the same event. If you can’t find more than one news site reporting on an event, it is likely that is has been made up due to a separate agenda.
It is important to stay up to date and confident in the information you are learning, so it is on the consumer of news to ensure that what they are learning is factual. Facebook has released statements recently stating that they will not be censoring fake news sources on the popular website, so it is even more imperative that the person reading articles online is aware of the possibility of this fake news.
My PSL mentor Brianna is from Cleveland, Ohio, more specifically she is from the west area. She is 19 years old, is currently in her sophomore year, and is majoring in Psychology and Communication with a minor in Environmental Science. She came to The Ohio State initially because of the Morrill Scholarship, but then found that she really couldn’t see herself anywhere else. She is very involved around campus in many forms. Her favorite cuisine is Mexican food, but her favorite campus meal is the omelets from Kennedy Commons. She is in Tri Delta Sorority, has an upcoming interview for OUAB (good luck!), and gets straight A’s. Although she loves Ohio State, Brianna said that the hardest parts about being at college are that she misses her bed, homemade meals, and her family. The best part of her college experience, however, are the connections that she has made with her friends. For fun, she likes to paint, watch Netflix, and hang out with friends. Overall, being at college has made her a more independent person and has introduced her to many new experiences.
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Hi! My name is Beyla Richman, and my intended major is Environmental Policy and Decision Making in the Ohio State College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences. My hometown is Arlington, Virginia, and I love exploring D.C. as well as utilizing the awesome opportunities that come with living so close to the capital. Some topics I am interested in are urban agriculture as well as modern politics. I love to grow plants; whether that be in a garden or any form of tropical houseplant, I’m here for all of it. On top of that, I enjoy staying physically active, reading, and exploring/challenging my relationship with Judaism and religion.