Review of « The victims of fake news »

by williamc on February 12, 2018 - 10:47am

I recently found a text, written by Nina Berman, an American documentary photographer as well as an associate professor at Columbia University, called « The victims of fake news ». I read this article on the Columbia Journalism Review website, which is an American magazine, published at a frequency of two editions per year since 1961 by the Columbia University Graduate School of journalism. This magazine treats about news, media industry trends, analysis, professional ethics and the stories behind news. The article that I chose talks about the people that suffers from fake news and how they try to deal with it on a daily basis. In the text, Ms. Berman introduce us to the concept of « fake news » by writing about the 1938 hoax called « The war of the Worlds », which was pretty much the first viral fake news and how it affected people all across the USA. The author then published five interviews she made with five persons that are not related and how they lived and dealt with the fake news about them or their relatives. In my opinion, her text was great to display how hard it can be to deal with them toxic news for the most parts. I also think that this text is credible because of the backgrounds of the author, which is quite famous, and an award-winning woman, and the magazine, which is from Columbia University and has been around for a long time. To conclude, I think that this exercise was great because it really showed me a new perspective about fake news.  




Fake news can be a very interesting topic as it affects everyone in society because anyone can be influenced by it. It is interesting that Ms. Berman wrote about the "war of the worlds" as this was one of the first experiences of fake news creating many to believe a false claim. Reading things like this can be beneficial to us all so we can understand what fake news is and what is real news. One thing your article may benefit from is to provide more details on the issues occurrent in your article. There were many big stories in the articles I did not find in your summary, like the interview of victims in the Connecticut elementary shooting. This aspect gives you a different point of view about fake news, as the articles are real, conspiracy theorists trying are to blame gun control and deem these situations fake. Another aspect of public influence and fake news is when countries use media outlets to broadcast fake news to sway public opinion, more will be summarized in the link provided below. Your point on having a credible author is very important as anyone can create a website and post anything they want. throughout reading your summary of fake news it was very enlightening and well written. There are small sentence structuring issues but overall it is written very well.

This article talks about how Russia is trying to influence Dutch citizens with fake news.

Hi William, I find your post really well-written and easily understandable, which is a really good thing! You really understood the article and it shows in the way your post is written, big props for that. The source in which you found the article is clear and straight to the point (and you even put a link at the end which is wonderful). My only complaint, is the fact that you didn't describe what the hoax in 1938 hoax called « The war of the Worlds » was. Other than that, your post is fantastic. There were a few mistakes here and there but those mistakes didn't get in the way of me trying to understand what was written. Overall, a really good post you have there! Nice man!