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Cheyanne Smith

Social media can be difficult. Some people read things on the internet and believe everything that is written. No one thinks about the what if's like what if this information is wrong. What if this is fake news. People think everything they see and hear on social media is true and most of the time it is but not always. You could really misread the facts and fiction on the internet.

Hayley Coleman

Media is different today than it has ever been. Everyone is posting something every day, every hour, every minute. I am one of those people. I am on Facebook about 2-3 hours out of my day, which is ridiculous, I know. When I go to share a post, I never look at where the original came from. If I relate to it or find it funny, I will share the post. I do not look to see if it is fake news or who quoted what. It's not that I believe everything I see, I guess I am just a little gullible and naïve. A lot of people have probably gotten bad information, and shared it with the next person. After that it just becomes a domino effect. America needs to get better about passing around false information.

jermarco clairborne

The media play's a big part in this. Nowadays things doesn't have to be correct and truthful. Whoever pushes out the story first makes the most money. Due to the lack of evidence of the story. In other words fake news to be exact.

Cointa Oliver

When it comes to the topic of social media, most of us will agree readily agree that it is difficult, different and a vital part of today's society as so agreed by the previous commenters. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of, Do fake news and misattributed sources affect our political debates, communities, and relationships today? Whereas some are convinced that no it does not as people will believe what they choose to believe, while others maintain yes it does affect our views. My own view is that fake news does affect the perspectives of young people. It is up to parents, guardians, teachers, pastors, professors, professionals, and the like to be ready to respond and provide correct guidance when approached by young people regarding issues of fake news. The article reported a comment of mainstream media being a double-edged sword. I agree, it is a double-edge sword. Therefore, it is important that we equip young people early on with the needed tools, one being critical thinking skills, to be able to dissect and discuss information reported on social media.

Chad Ross

I agree with several of the comments mentioned above. While social media can be a very useful and utility bestowing tool, it can also become problematic. As Cointa Oliver pointed out, assertions that are made online largely go unchecked and unverified. Cointa also rightly pointed out that this information can spread quickly and, when false, perpetuate beliefs that can infiltrate our own perspectives. I would further argue that danger also lies in the algorithms used by social media companies to supply users with more of what they click-on, "like", or promote. By this method, more potentially falsified information is steadily provided to a users' feed and it can become quite difficult to discern fact from fiction.

Jolayna Palm

I also agree with the other comments that social media can be helpful, but it can also be problematic as it spreads fake news. Adding to Cointa's statement that fake news from social media does impact the perspectives of young people, social media companies should take more responsibility for monitoring what is being posted on social media. This may sound tedious, but unfortunately in today's society young people are harming themselves and others because of information posted on social media. Overall, to begin to address the problem of social media being problematic, I believe that it is important to look at who should be held accountable for the fake news being posted on social media.

Cointa Oliver

As Ross, so nicely affirmed social media can become problematic. If we are not careful the false information dispersed on social media can easily penetrate our own personal beliefs. My mother would often tell me coming up as a young child, “you cannot always believe everything you hear”. Indeed, I must agree. To further the discussion, I also agree with Jolayna on who is accountable. If someone should report information on social media, then when questioned do not take offense own your information and be prepared to respond.

Chad Ross

Joylayna Palm presents an interesting assertion. Though in the US we prize our right to freedom of speech, the issue of credibility is also an important area for consideration. Indeed, individuals should be accountable for spreading falsehoods, when this action is verified. I am, however, torn regarding the best course of action. How do we balance our constitutional freedoms with societal responsibility?

Jolayna Palm

I also agree with Chad's argument that "danger also lies in the algorithms." This argument sheds light on the role that social media companies play in developing false information. Furthermore, his argument causes me to question the ethics and values of social media companies, if they are intentionally contributing to the problem of false information. My initial thought was that individuals were responsible for false information, but I believe that social media companies also play a significant role in developing false information.

Jessica Jang

Cheyenne argued that many people believe everything they read on the internet and social media without question. Unfortunately, I agree with her. I would like to think light has been shed on the fact that there is a lot of fake news and "click bait" happening all over the internet, but I overlook the fact that some older people don't even have social media and rely solely on biased news stations for their information and news. An educated person might argue that these stations have people brainwashed, and those brainwashed souls are not privy to the fact that many of the anchors have been sued and stated that no one who is intelligent would take them seriously.


@Jessica Jang:
I would love to disagree with you; unfortunately, fox news, Tucker Carlson, and other right-wing affiliated programs have made it their mission to broadcast nonsense and false information. Even with civil lawsuits against them, these "news" sources continue disseminating fake news. When I was growing up, newspapers and TV news were trusted, but even CNN and MSNBC present the news with bias. The author is encouraged to suspend their bias in scholarly writing and present the information accurately and clearly. How can we recognize false news? I am afraid we are approaching a point where reality and fiction are starting to blend.

Jessica Jang

Chad mentioned "dangerous algorithms" in social media. I want to say to his point, I'll add social media is also highly addictive. Some social scientists might argue social media is for older people what video games are for the younger generation. From my positionality, I can assert that many older family members practically live on social media waiting for the next rationalization justified meme, quote, or analogy that fits their belief system. If you've watched the movie, The Social Dilemma (2019), one could synthesize that the government is doing very little to stop the spread of false information on social media. It is up to the individual to take personal responsibility to check sources and do proper research before sharing information. Admittedly, I am guilty of not always doing my due diligence in this area. People tend to believe what they want to believe.


I agree with the post. It is very difficult to know what is true and what is fake, especially where it is coming from. Media is always changing, it always will. Historians will be without a job if they can't even find what is conclusive enough to be true. It is a sad realization.

Piper Rathgeb

We agree with Maytha Alhassen and Zaheer Ali that online misinterpretations of historic quotes will mislead the public. The controversy over not citing correct sources leaves us asking the question "how will we tell the story of this moment when so many untruths are floating around online?" (Alhassen and Ali, 2021). Alhassen and Ali portray a great confusion on how today's world of internet will be recorded through social media. We feel that today's world discourages the output of content because authors will not receive credit for their work. There should be a way to give credit to an author with their content.

Sammy Johnson

I agree with Alhassen and Ali that new technologies and online misinformation and misinterpretations of history will be misleading to the public in the future. There will be a lack of information that is true without being under dispute, and many truths will be lost through time without verifiable fact. With everything being recorded it will be easy for mistruths to spread as whatever is most popular is spread the quickest and the furthest, regardless of facts.

Joe S

I 100% agree with Maytha Alhassen and Zaheer Ali.
The Status of AI intelligence right now is getting smarter and more dangerous! As mentioned by Maytha in the conversation, this new AI intelligence can start to become an issue with news and spreading fake information. What Zaheer was starting to talk about above is how these “deep fakes” and “voice changers” can cause a real problem with elections and even how countries work together.
This new AI program can photoshop a person's head onto another person's head! This can be very dangerous as it could make people think a certain someone said something when they never did. This is a major issue. As mentioned above by both Maytha, and Zaheer, this could mean artificial intelligence can mess with elections, and even In worst scenarios it can put two countries at odds with each other as one president could have “said” something in one of these deep fakes which they never did.

Gavin Claro

I firmly believe In what Alhassen and Zaheer wrote about in their essay. They talked a lot about how fake news can affect the public and cause them to be misleading. I think this is pretty concerning considering if people don't know what is going on then, how will we move forward and come together as a country. When it comes to social media, the essay talked about how it is a vital part of today's society. Many people nowadays get their news from social media apps like Twitter and Instagram. On the argument of whether fake news affects our political debates and communities, I believe it does. I think it is up to the parents and teachers of today to teach future generations about the idea of fake news. The idea is that not everything you read on the internet is gonna has to be taught so that they can learn to check the sources of the information. A lot of these comments talk about how the misinformation on the internet is going to cause future historians problems because of the lack of information that is true without being under dispute. Also about how many truths will be lost through time without variable fact. I agree with these ideas, I think that our social media is plagued with fake news and false information.


Maytha Alhassen and Zaheer Ali say that most people get their daily news from different social media platforms, such as Instagram or Twitter. These platforms are becoming more popular every day, and the amount of fake news has increased rapidly. However, people don’t check whether the news spread on the internet is fake. I, as well as the authors of the essay, think people check the source of a meme by looking who already posted it, rather than looking for a citation from a reliable source. The lack of checking for fake news on social media platforms shows society's desire to be connected. Like the two historians, I think that fake news on social media can be misleading and affect political debates, communities, and relationships. To try to avoid a bigger influence on the next generations, I believe that skills to identify such fake news should be taught in school, and by parents at a young age. Such skills would be for example critical thinking and ability to research efficiently.

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