Reflecting on Fake News

Reflecting on the topic

This week’s blog post centred around us discussing and weighing up how to spot and be able to see past fake news online. From reviewing other individual’s blogs, such as Nikhita’s, it was rather interesting to see an overwhelming view from almost everyone that fake news, poor journalism, and pushed propaganda was a real issue and should be pushed to the forefront of education. Because of this, I felt it was important to ask myself these questions when online:

fake news reflection

Image made through Canva (2018)

Reflecting on Filter Bubbles

Something that I did not consider during my first piece of work was ‘filter bubbles’. After reading Sam’s work, in which he talked extensively about the effects of filter bubbles, I realised that it was something I should have considered when writing upon the topic of fake news. Eli Pariser is the individual who coined the term ‘filter bubbles’ when talking in a TEDtalk. Filter bubbles refers to when Facebook, Twitter, Google and other search engines and social media platforms use an algorithm to tailor content to the searches you have made in the past (Pariser, 2011). Because of this algorithm, individual’s only see and experience a small slice of content online and routinely miss out on potentially disagreeable content. This can be seen in this image:

Filter-Bubbles fake news

This image below encapsulates how people online may only see a small section of the news:

fake news reflection 2

Conclusion

After reading Ryan‘s blog, he suggests and reflects upon the usage of tools such as ‘news tracer’ to distinguish how accurate news is. This is an accurate tool to assess how much we can trust online content. I think it is important to conduct further research yourself into the topic before reading something at face-value. This can be done through analysing more accurate sources such as Google scholar or government-based statistics (GPPI, 2016). As discussed in my previous blog post, I think being able to distinguish Fake News will become part of IT’s teaching syllabus.

 

Word count: 290

My comment on Sam‘s blog

My comment on Stefan‘s blog

 

References:

GPPI (2016) The Fight Against Filter Bubbles Needs to Start Offline [Online]. Available from: http://www.gppi.net/publications/data-technology-politics/article/the-fight-against-filter-bubbles-needs-to-start-offline/?L=0%25252527%25252522 [Accessed: 19 March 2018]

Pariser, E. (2011). Beware online “filter bubbles”.  Ted.com. Available at: https://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles[Accessed 19 Mar. 2018].

Pariser, E. (2011). The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You. Penguin: UK. [Accessed 19 Mar. 2018]. Available at: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=-FWO0puw3nYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=what+are+filter+bubbles&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjWns_FyfjZAhVFCsAKHasACesQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=what%20are%20filter%20bubbles&f=false 

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