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06/01/2021

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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.

Taha3point0

@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.

John

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.

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