Have you heard the news, or have you been misinformed?

Oh, what a tangled web indeed! You can find pretty much anything on social media these days. From how to format and cite an assignment in APA 7th edition (YAAASS!), to what your neighbor is making for breakfast on live feed, or you can even get the latest from your local news. The point is that there is a wealth of information on the internet and across social media that people are hungry for. Those of us from developed countries with the privilege of open access are its greatest consumers and devour it liberally. We do this often without question, without consideration for truth, or the rampant prevalence of misinformation.

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It is a dark and sad truth that the availability of informative and reliable information that comes to us faster than lightning, can be riddled with blatant lies, deception, and a deliberate intention to mislead us. The purpose of spreading disinformation is usually to cause people harm, for political influence, or for personal and financial gain. The following is an extensive report on the types of fake news exposures we encounter through social media: Click here to have a glance.

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So how do we shield ourselves from the information war of good vs evil? Like it or not, much of it is with us for the foreseeable future despite the efforts of some platforms attempting to stamp it out. That is the price you pay for open, censorship and surveillance-free media. Here is a great guide from homegrown Mount Alison University with tips on how to spot fake news. 

Facebook: Got a fake news story to rant about? Share your fake news findings for the dumpster fire here: https://bit.ly/3NIQmyS

Twitter: Want to learn about the types of fake news and how to avoid it: https://bit.ly/3NIQmyS #stopmiseducation

2 thoughts on “Have you heard the news, or have you been misinformed?

  1. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I LOVE this post! It is such a relevant topic that we run into on the daily. I also LOVE the pic of the news paper on fire! I really enjoy your writing style as well. This post is something I can really sink my teeth into. Keep up the good work. You’re doing great!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Sarah. I feel like I am running on empty for creativity, so your praise really means a lot. Very much appreciated!

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