Popular vs Real

by TheWall on February 23, 2017 - 8:49am

Popular vs Real

 

An important piece of being a working part of society is knowing about what is going on around you yet what is the news you ingest is fake? After reading the article ``The scariest part of Facebook’s fake news problem: fake news is more viral than real news``it became much more apparent that the validity of news does not appeal to the masses but the popularity and narrative of said news. A quote taken from this article “The quantity of fake news on Facebook doesn’t necessarily matter — but the number of people who share it absolutely does” says a lot about the state of news on these oversaturated social medias.

 

First let us dive deep within these social platforms to establish a platform, these site are used by the majority of people and with popularity comes scams. Take each click for example the click represents a person walking into a store. There are 2 stores one whose merchandise is bland yet you get exactly what you payed for, yet the other store is flashy nothing regular about it yet the merchandise is sometimes not as well made (researched) thus it has some flaws. In this example which store would get more people? The flashy store has an edge over the regular story because the merchandise (stories) are far more readable and fit a dream narrative forced by the agenda of the so called “news” organization spreading this news  

 

Secondly having such an open platform that allows freedom of speech is a great thing yet for people to be allowed to spread fake news around like wild fire meanwhile the real news is just left to the side. All this because the fake news is a far better story and not the actual news.




 

Comments

I really enjoyed reading your article since it accurately addressed to the issue that nowadays media lies in order to have attention and make more money. It makes us question if the information we receive everyday is a lie. People go crazy and feel good about the fake news vibe simply because it is more attractive and excited than one's everyday boring life. Though the result may seem like a win-win situation, that Facebook and related media are happy because they are making money, people are excited about the news, it is not correct from the teleological point of view. Since the purpose of the medias is to make profit for their own and not considering the lies they bring to society, the motive of them is not beneficial to society. With this being said, their goal is selfish and does not aim at favoring the people and society. Therefor what they are doing is not correct. At the same time, doesn't it make people in society have less trust towards each other once they start to question the truth and discover the lies?

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