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.