Death of a Salesman and other Dinosaurs, in other words why I’m here.

Death of a Salesman and other Dinosaurs, in other words why I’m here.

Dustin Hoffman as Willy Loman in the 1985 Film “Death of a Salesman”

Oh Social Media. How I love/hate thee! One moment you’re seducing me with advertisements for straighter teeth, sapping my time with pictures of friends on vacation, and allowing me to creep my ex through their social media accounts. The next you’re befuddling me, making me feel like a dinosaur, and causing the extinction of my 20 year career. You are such a drama queen social media!

But sales, as a discipline, is growing and is beginning to increase in stature. We are morphing it into something more palatable to the increasingly sophisticated buyers we have become.”

Bianchi, Claudine. 2015. “Death of the Salesman? And What Would That Mean for Marketers?” https://marketingland.com/death-of-the-salesman-155879

For the past five years, I’ve had a tough road on the career path. Big companies, like the pharmaceutical giants I have worked for in the past, are slashing their salesforce. The reasons are many and varied but boil down to this mainly: Why equip a group of humans with expensive cards, computers and phones to deliver a marketing message to a healthcare professional, when so many platforms can engage said healthcare professional in much more efficient way?

Why indeed.

Last friday yet another work contract for me ended. The market is becoming flooded with third party companies that cater to the pharmaceutical biz by supplying sales professionals for short and long-term programs or initiatives at a fraction of the cost, and no guarantee of full-time work.

Do you see drug prices decreasing?

But enough about my past life. Let’s talk about “the now.” I am here to learn how to survive. I have seen the light! And within its warm, happy glow is me working for myself in my own business creating content and helping others manage their social media platforms.

Columnist Claudine Bianchi sees a blurring of marketing and sales as engagement becomes a priority.

https://marketingland.com/death-of-the-salesman-155879

Ms. Bianchi in her article sees that engagement of consumers is still a key fundamental to closing a sale. Formerly, it was my job.

The buyer’s journey is entirely different since online purchasing was made possible. Here is her take on “The Buyers Journey.”

The New Buyer's Journey
Bianchi, Claudine. 2015. “Death of the Salesman? And What Would That Mean for Marketers?” https://marketingland.com/death-of-the-salesman-155879

She says “sales has to understand the customer— their business, their pain points, their motivations for purchasing in the first place. Sales becomes an enabler of engagement, managing the conversation but not the journey.” (Bianchi, 2015).

I agree wholeheartedly, and I see styles changing in the face-to-face world of sales. Health Care Practitioners have either already bought into, or rejected my product based on what they’ve learned online. I essentially manage the literal conversation in a doctor’s office. Wish me luck on an entirely new mode!

How the hell did I get here? https://bit.ly/2YTUe6n

5 Different “Body Types” for Women – Get to know yours.

5 Different “Body Types” for Women – Get to know yours.

Do you know your body type? Did you know that typically there are “5” body types that can be applied to women? Interested in your Style “Type” Personality? And did you know that there is proven research that based on your Body Type, there is a specific “Diet” that is recommended. All of this and more, will be discussed over the next few blogs to help you plan and understand what works best for that very special Y-O-U!!

You can walk into a department store and all of the clothes look the same and on big blob. Let’s face it, all of us have challenges when it comes to clothes shopping BUT, there are some things you can do to overcome those difficulties and actually make shopping more pleasant and have an end result you are thrilled about.

Have you ever noticed that some of your outfits have the ability to transform your mood and make you feel and look like a million bucks. The unfortunate part is….if you do not know “how” to dress for your body type, the end result could be frustrating. So that’s why I’ve written this blog to help you get started to know your body type and how to dress to accentuate your assets, and to help you know what clothes to try and what makes you look and feel amazing.

What Are the Most Common 5 (F-I-V-E) Body Shapes?

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  1. The “Apple” typically has broader shoulders and bust, and narrower hips.   There is normally “no” defined waist with this body type as weight tends to form on the stomach and they have great legs and slim hips.   Great styles are V-neck and open necklines with statement pieces of jewellery.    
  2. The “Pear” aka Spoon or Bell have shoulders that are narrower than hips.  One CAN achieve symmetry by wearing BOOTLEG pants and AVOID skinny pants. Wearing skinny pants will make you appear wider than you are.
  3. The “Inverted” Triangle. You’ll know you’re an inverted triangle if your shoulders are broader than your hips. In this case, you should always look for tops with a scoop of V-neck because they will make your shoulders appear narrow. Also, AVOID strapless and halter tops because they will accentuate your broader upper body even more.
  4. The “Banana” aka Rectangular/Straight. This is the body shape that is most often referred to as a “boyish” figure. You can tell if your body is straight up and down with very little waist, and your shoulders and hips are the same width. As a rectangle, you want to create a waistline with wrap dresses and funky belts.
  5. The “Hourglass”.  This is the body shape we all strive to achieve and this if your shoulders and hips are EXACTLY the same width and your waist is WELL defined, your upper and lower body are opposing triangles facing in, then you are an HOURGLASS.  Women in this category can wear just about anything EXCEPT boxy clothing, which tends to overpower their figure.

A FINAL NOTE……….
 Before you do any shopping, stand in front of a mirror and STUDY your body. Get to know what you like look and LOVE it and perhaps try this online quiz.  

Body type quiz
https://www.fitandflatter.com/body-types

Blog #1 – Opinion peace on Social Media: 3 Reasons Why I Still Love Social Media

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When I googled the question ‘social media: a good or a bad thing?’, there were exactly 1,290,000,000 results found; obviously, this is a very hot topic, with lots of opinions in the online space. Although, I agree with most if not all of social media negative effects, I believe there are lots of positive ones as well and above all, I believe social media has the potential to do good and to be used for good! As I was saying in my previous blog post, social media has a transformative nature and it changed forever the way we communicate between each other, exchange information, share thoughts, ideas and daily experiences. It provides a platform that shrank the world, making it possible to communicate with people on the other side of the planet with whom we share a hobby, a cause or a passion.

But, social media is much more than a networking tool: it can and should be used more broadly for global causes to initiate change and transformation, especially in areas such as religious tolerance, political dogma, economic injustice, spiritual growth and transformation and the protection of the animals and the environment, among other things. If nothing else, social media gives each and every one of us a voice, a power to express our opinions, to raise issues of national and global importance, to be the agents of change towards a more peaceful and happy world. Maybe I am too naïve, maybe it’s the yogi in me that wants to believe we can change the world through yoga and meditation, or maybe I am just blind or ignorant to the evil that social media is being used for, such as cyberbullying, body image slamming, reinforcing anxiety and depression in young people, or becoming a severe addiction, to name a few (Source: 7 Negative Effect of Social Media on People and Users, yet, it is my believe and conviction that we can change all that for the better. Here are my top reasons why I still love social media: v

1. It broadens our vision, allowing us to experience grieve, destruction, and desperation on a very personal and intimate level: social media brings to us the stories of tsunamis and earthquakes, abused animals, the dire picture of extinct species or destroyed jungles, sick and homeless people and much more. As long as we don’t take a back seat and passively observe the suffering of others, social media has the power to begin and transform this suffering around the globe!

Our Planet: Edible paper can help safe the bees (video): http://bit.ly/30ywyow

2. It connects us to total strangers, literally, allowing us to influence them, inspire them, motivate them, and even transform them; this is my personal goal with my own Facebook page and social media presence: to show people how they can live a little more mindful and joyful lives, which does not involve money, career, and belongings. How empowering is it to practice yoga on Parliament Hill together with thousands of other aspirants! Amazing feeling!

Source: Parliament Hill Yoga Community Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2GdaZ5h

3. It enables us to take action right the way: Social Media is a tool that not only empowers us to express our opinions, to be vocal and to speak up, but also enables us to take action, to get engaged, to initiate shifts in how other people think, behave and live; I have a thing for wild animals, especially raccoons, and use every opportunity to promote their wellbeing through my social media channels or to donate money when they need financial support. Hopefully, others will follow suite and support the cause too!

Source: Hope For Wildlife Charitable Organization’ Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/2NVXm0A

If tomorrow, one more person or one more corporation embraces a more inclusive, tolerant, kind and mindful approach to the use of social media, we will be a step forward on the journey of universal transformation, for the good of all living creatures on this planet. Indeed, this is my dire hope and personal drive, that motivates me to continue my practice, to teach and inspire others to find that corner of their hearts that can open up to all possibilities and embrace it with loving kindness, tenderness and compassion. Do you think this is doable? Can we transform the way we use social media, to be good and to do good? I would love to hear from you, even if you have completely different or opposite views on social media usage. Thanks for reading!

Can we use social media to transform ourselves and others to be good and do more good in the world? Time to look deeper in our own online habits. http://bit.ly/2XMUJmj

Can we transform the world through social media? Who knows! #socialmediagoodorbad http://bit.ly/2XMUJmj

COM0011 -Does Social Media Affect Our Relationships?

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Social media is right at the tip of our fingers. Any desire, thought, feeling, want or craving can be explored with just the click of a button. There is no work involved which is what makes it intriguing and highly addicting, but as social media advances does it start to affect the way that we communicate with our loved ones? Has it impacted our connection with others because we may no longer show affection through affirmations because it is easy to express our love through a couple emoji’s through text message? Most importantly, is it affecting our relationships? Are we not getting or giving enough to our loved ones because we are buried in our phones keeping up with the latest trends and instagram posts? I know it may seem like I am asking so many questions but I want you to think about the questions I’ve asked and really take a step back for a moment and think them through.

Social media is advancing quicker then we can keep up and offering more and more to its users to keep the appeal going. As it advances, is it taking time away from our loved ones? If the answer is no, then I will rephrase it and ask you, is social media capable of affecting our relationships? I’m curious if any of you have experienced this. I am the type of person that likes to communicate in person, verbally, and not through my cellphone because it makes me feel more connected to the person. I need to look the person in the eye and really pour my heart, feelings and thoughts out there as I find I don’t get the same if I was doing it through text or on the phone.

Do you find that you connect best with someone through: 

A. The phone

B. Through text

C. In person

Please feel free to comment a, b, or c in the comments section so I can get an idea as to how you best connect with someone.

Social media is a world that is inviting and exciting. It is a distraction to say the least and an escape from reality at times. I am guilty of spending time with my boyfriend and getting caught up on my phone scrolling through Instagram, trying to multi-task by scrolling through photos all awhile having a conversation with him about his day. It is something that I am trying to be more conscious and aware of because I don’t want him to feel as though I am not interested in his day or what he has to say. Do any of you feel like you can relate to this? Again, please feel free to comment in the comments section if you can relate to this and feel comfortable sharing! I look forward to hearing what your thoughts are on this post and reading your views on the social media world affecting our relationships.

Do you feel like social media is taking over your relationship? If the answer is yes, its time to re-assess this matter and see how you can make changes! https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/algonquincollegesocialmedia.wordpress.com/80245

How do you connect with your loved ones? Is it through a tweet, a text or a phone call? Share with us at #howdoyouconnectwithlovedones  

Social Media and Mental Health

Does social media have a positive or negative impact on mental health?

Ironically, most people are looking for connection on social media, when in many ways it actually leads to more, not less, social isolation. Online connection has become a lazy and inadequate substitute for real, authentic, face to face relationships.

According to a poll by the The American Psychiatric Association ( APA ) . More than one in three adults (38%) see social media usage as harmful to mental health. When asked how about the effects on teens and adolescents, most people believe the negative effects are even stronger.

Excessive social media use can lead to low self esteem, loss of human connection skills, sleep loss, memory loss, shortened attention spans, increased risk of suicide and has been linked to both anxiety and depression.

How do we practice safe social media use and avoid some of the negative mental health side effects? Some effective strategies are:

  • Turn your phone off during quality time with friends and family. Set appropriate boundaries for yourself and your family like no phones while eating and all phones stay out of the bedroom.
  • View other’s posts with a critical eye, not simply accepting what is shown as truth. View them for the purpose of inspiration and connection, not comparison.
  • Be selective of what you share online, mindful of your purpose, and selective of who you are willing to share information with.
  • Connect with real people you know online, and make sure to balance online interactions with real face to face interactions as well.
  • Make your mental health a priority. Instead of always grabbing your phone for a lift, alternate with other healthy choices like taking a walk, meeting up with a friend, or choosing a healthy drink or snack.

Remember that a social media post represents a moment in time. It is only what the poster wants you to see. They will share the most flattering picture, comments and perspective, but if never fully represents or replaces reality. Comparison is the killer of joy online and in real life. Remember to “check in” with how your social media use is working for you regularly and use the above strategies to protect your mental health. Most importantly, remember to keep your real life relationships a priority over online interactions.

“Here’s the bottom line,” said Melissa G. Hunt in a statement. “Using less social media than you normally would leads to significant decreases in both depression and loneliness. These effects are particularly pronounced for folks who were more depressed when they came into the study.”

http://newnormalmag.com/2017/05/the-influence-of-mental-health-on-social-media/

Do you have healthy habits around your social media usage that keep your use positive and productive? Do you have a pet peeve with how friends and family use social media? Comment below.

References:

American Psychiatric Association, retrieved from: https://www.psychiatry.org/newsroom/news-releases/americans-are-concerned-about-potential-negative-impacts-of-social-media-on-mental-health-and-well-being

Wolff, Carina, (2016, June 6 ) retrieved from: https://www.bustle.com/articles/164876-10-ways-to-have-a-healthy-relationship-with-social-media

Are you concerned about the effects of social media on mental health? Read more here. http://bit.ly/31RrJrI

Social media and mental health #socialmedia #mentalhealth #healthyhabits http://bit.ly/31RrJrI

Social Media and Mental Health

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Photo taken by my spouse of the Himalayas, India

 

The ripples of water, the hills, the greenery, and the sand; isn’t it a great view? This is how I imagine peace within myself. How do you imagine peace in your head? So far, we all know the risks of social media on teenagers, which are privacy concerns and cyberbullying. Therefore, social media have caused a lot of stress, depression, trauma, and many other mental health issues. Opposite to the negative impacts of social media, there are a lot of advantages. I will discuss how you can use social media to reach out to teenagers to create mental health awareness.
USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CAMPAIGNS

I was searching on Google about the advantages of social media in a teen’s life. It was difficult to find any relevant information regarding this topic. Some of the search words I used were: campaigns for mental health, or social media and mental health. The only information that came up was about campaigns used to promote awareness for physical illness, not psychological issues. Later, I tried to search for mental health issues in adolescents. I was amazed at an exceptional amount of research provided about mental health issues in teenagers. In my teenage, which was ten years ago, I was unable to find this much support on social media for my mental health issues. I faced a lot of challenges such as Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Anxiety. Since my family just arrived from India, which has a conservative background, my parents had a hard time understanding my mental health issues. Due to the mindset they carried in Canada, there were always differences in our culture, adaptation, and understanding. When I went to university, this was the first time I heard that I am facing anxiety issues. I used to be in watersheds when I would visit my professor for the stress I was facing academically. I was doing a very tough program: BScN at Algonquin college collaborated with the University of Ottawa. I am sure you must know how tough these honors programs are. I was an intelligent student, but the expectations put on me to become a doctor made me nervous daily. My friends used to call me out of my residence room to spend time with them, but I always refused. I did not realize how much pressure I was putting on myself. I never admitted that I face anxiety issues until now. Now, I just looked at this website, and I am stunned how much progress the schools have done. There is mental health awareness in all sorts of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and much more. The webpage http://teenmentalhealth.org/live/ has set up events all over Canada to spread the knowledge of mental health issues. On the Twitter page, events such as Mental Health Academy by Teen Mental Health society is being publicized to increase the participation of teenagers in this event. This event will help educators to teach the audience about adolescent mental health issues. The Twitter page is a great example of how social media is being used to aware teenagers about the events happening in the community. The Twitter page of Teen Mental Health is also a great place of an online support created for teenagers to enhance their knowledge about mental health. This creates a stronger support system for teenagers to fight together against the issues they are facing.

Overall, the campaign awareness through social media is the best way to get the society involved. It also helps teens learn new ways on how to manage their issues so they can have a peaceful mindset. The first step to help the teenagers is by finding more mental health issues’ groups online, getting involved in the campaigns, and educating ourselves. Lastly, social media must be used to create awareness so we can save the next generation from self-harm. If we acknowledge these issues are real and not just another bad day in our teens’ lives, we can just save another life. After all, it’s all about to raise awareness, and be there for them!

Facebook: Check out the new era : Social media to help the teens fighting depression, anxiety and so on… https://bit.ly/2IHDERu

Twitter: Mental Health support system for teenagers all found online #raiseawareness https://bit.ly/2IHDERu

REFERENCES:

“Mental Health Academy”, Twitter, https://twitter.com/mhacademyca

Social Activist? What does that have to do with Social Media?

Social media activism, we hear the world activist thrown around so much in current events but what does this actually mean? Media activism is a broad category of activism that uses social media and communication technology for social and political movements (Poell & Dijck, 2015). This was first seen as being a social activist, but with the widespread and easy access of social media, people have turned to the internet for their movements.

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This can be seen in specific relation to the Poell and Dijck  referenced paper as it discusses the use of social activism and its power on social media and across different time zones as well as different language barriers. this paper discusses the power and use of social media activism in multiple cases where people were unlawfully detained in other countries and so people took to Twitter to alert others and try to raise awareness for these activists that were detained making all contributors social media activists in their own sense as they were advocating for others. This kind of behaviour and movements of social media and social activists or accelerated by social media as it became an easily accessible way to alert people in real time across different time zones and countries about activities that were taking place this made it easier for people to understand current events and get on board to raise awareness and help as well as donate to the causes. These movements were categorized and recognized by using a specific hashtag that go viral and make it easy for other to contribute and show support.

 

This caused a lot of distress for the countries and legal systems that were detaining these activists unlawfully as unlike other situations bees people had a bigger reach and political grasp on content that has not previously been seen. fees social media activists and this movement also created such an uproar and Scandal that the president himself got these activists pardoned and they were sent home mainly due to the widespread support I’ve been seeing on social media.

This has been seen repeatedly in cases in the last 4 or so years, with movements such as #metoo #blacklivesmatter and many many more. These movements help spread awareness and support to many communities and victims, but they don’t come without hecklers and trolls.

So what do you think of social media activists do they do more harm than good? Or are they doing what others cannot with technology that we have? 

 

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Social Activist or Social Media spam? Find out what I think HERE: https://bit.ly/2X9XbmE

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Social Activist? What does that have to do with Social Media? Find out HERE: https://bit.ly/2X9XbmE

 

REFERENCE:

Poell, Thomas & José van Dijck (2015). Social Media and Activist Communication. In The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media, 527-537, edited by C. Atton. London: Routledge.

Why Social Media Is Addictive

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When you are taking a crossroad, it is not uncommon to see people walking with their heads bowed down, staring at their phones. A new research led by Nielsen suggests that we are spending more time on social media than ever before, upwards 11 hours per day watching, reading, listening to or simply interacting with media. That is up from nine hours, 32 minutes just four years ago.

In another study, it was found that people find it easier to resist alcohol and cigarettes than social media. But is social media so addictive?

Social validation is important. An Instagram Like is a social signal; the same way people acknowledge you with a nod on the street. Companies know that and they design their apps to be deliberately addictive to users.  

Companies have built features into their apps that manipulate our brain chemistry. These tricks are borrowed from slot machines and casinos. For example, every time someone likes your picture on Instagram, you instantly receive a push notification, which prompts you to open Instagram to see who it is. Moreover, if you are scrolling on Facebook, the automatically refreshes and loads new content. If you don’t give your brain time to adjust, you can easily lose track of time and keep scrolling.

Social media companies such as Facebook claims its goal is to connect people, but it seems like their purpose is a double-edge sword. Instagram has gotten ride of its likes count and it is a step in the right direction.

What more do you think social media apps can do to curb social media addiction?

References:

What Makes Social Media So Addictive? Retrieved from http://blog.hellosocial.com.au/blog/why-is-social-media-addictive

People spend most of their waking hours staring at sreens Retrieved from https://www.marketwatch.com/story/people-are-spending-most-of-their-waking-hours-staring-at-screens-2018-08-01

Twitter is harder to resist than cigarettes and alcohol, study finds Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/feb/03/twitter-resist-cigarettes-alcohol-study

FACEBOOK: Did you know we spend more than 11 hours on social media? Find out why social media is addictive by reading new my article. https://bit.ly/2LffqzR

TWITTER: Why Social Media Is Addictive https://bit.ly/2LffqzR #socialmediaddiction #fomo #socialmedia

Photo Cheats for Social Media

Photo Cheats for Social Media

As a photographer, utilizing social media is a must. 

Must do. Must know how. 

Not all photographers use the same platforms. As content creators we pick and choose the platform(s) that is best suited to our audience. For instance, a business such as a law firm may find LinkedIn and Twitter works best for them to connect with the corporate crowd. A daycare may prefer Facebook Pages and Instagram. An artist or caterer may prefer Instagram and Pinterest. A fundraiser may use Facebook to take advantage of their Events and Groups. 

Businesses, entrepreneurs, and events will all utilize social media to find their audience, through one, or several channels. The common denominator of social media is that it is visual. You may have written the best story ever, but chances are it will get passed by if the photo does not catch the eye and make someone stop scrolling and start reading. 

Size Does Matter

Each social media platform has its own formula for image sizes.

My personal favourite reference is from Louise Myers, who posts an updated chart each year, with optimized sizes for the most popular platforms, and their various image options.

For a quick visual, I put together a quick chart to display the optimized photo sizes for some of the most used social media platforms. You can see that Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are very similar, and really could use the same size image without issue. However, even at a quick glance, you can see the difference with Instagram being a square format and Stories and Pinterest being vertical, or portrait mode.

DSRL or Smartphone?

A professional photographer will have a DSLR (digital single lens reflex camera body that allows for interchangeable lenses). To post on line, whether it be a website gallery, on-line blog, or social media, that photo will need to be resized to offer the optimum display. Using photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop (as shown above) allows us to set the dimension exact.

Many of us use our smart phone camera to take pictures and videos so that we can immediately upload to our favourite site, or even go live! The main thing to understand is the dimension of the platform you are posting to. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube may have a variance in audiences, but they all have one thing in common. They are all primarily a horizontal, or landscape platforms. You can post a vertical picture, but it may not fill the space nicely, or you may not see the entire image as you scroll by. So be sure your images are set to be best optimized on each platform.

Video is the same. Are you shooting live for a Story, or to post later on Twitter?

When shooting video, think of a movie screen, and turn your phone horizontally! Shot vertically, this video on Twitter via @HockeyCanada can not be fully seen until you click on the video to play it.

For the casual user who is all about the selfies, and the Likes, being concerned with various sizes that best optimizes a picture may not matter. For those of us who look to social media to impact our business, or the business of a client, it is an important factor to understand.

Do you have a favourite social media platform, and are you using the optimal image size for the best results, based on your camera and the platform you are posting to?


Twitter: Are you getting the best performance from your picture posts? Be sure with these quick cheats via @louise_myers to showcase your best photos (infographic) https://bit.ly/2L95M1n #socialmedia #photography

Facebook: Are you getting the best performance from your picture posts? Be sure with these quick cheats to showcase you best photos. Understand the best size to post to your favourite platform. (infographic @louisemcom) https://bit.ly/2L95M1n


References:

social media cheat sheet: Myers, L (2019, January 11) Social Media Cheat Sheet 2019: Must-Have Image Sizes! sourced https://louisem.com/2852/social-media-cheat-sheet-sizes

screenshot: Twitter for iphone @HockeyCanada (2019, June 18) https://twitter.com/HockeyCanada/status/1141052646947577856

Social Media, Politicians and Fake News: Who Do You Believe?

I am pretty sure that everyone knows what fake news is, but in order to make sure that everyone does, let me describe what it is as well as what their goals are.

Fake news is, basically, plain ordinary news and stories that have been made up in order to make the reader believe they are true when they are, in fact, just pure fiction.  The goal of fake news is to influence the reader and his position concerning a specific subject.  It is, in general, a subject related to politics and is mostly geared toward power or monetary gains.

Of course, because of the speed and the reach that social media has nowadays, some fake news may travel around the world at a fulgurant speed.  This may bring some positive insights in certain situations but, unfortunately, because of its nature, it has a negative impact, and, in some cases, it may even be destructive.

Fake news is not always easily detected. In some cases, detective work may be required.

There are many different types of fake news; clickbait, propaganda, satire/parody, sloppy journalism, misleading headings and biased/slanted news.  With the increasing number of fake news, it is very difficult for the reader to determine if what he is reading on social media is true or not.  There are, however, ways to recognize fake news.

The first step is to trace the history of the digital postings that have been done on social media.  By doing so, it will be easy to confirm the location and the date of a specific posting.  Treat screenshots, images, pictures and videos with the utmost attention.  Even some websites are created to accommodate fake news!  This is a time when it is imperative to look at other sources to compare headlines and content in order to make an educated opinion.

The fake news phenomenon is so popular and getting so much attention that some websites have been created to check reported facts and verify their authenticity.  Here are a few fact checking websites for different countries:

After performing a Google search on Canadian Fact Checking Websites, the following websites appeared in the search results:

The URLs of certain websites should be verified before visiting them to read their content.  Websites ending with .com or .co could potentially be accommodating fake news.  If the visited site provides articles written by the same author, this also can be an indication of the presence of fake news in the content.  This is the perfect time to Google everything!  It is estimated that 90% of Canadians have fallen for fake news.

So. next time you read some news or stories on social media, will you instantly believe it? Will you immediately take a stand and have an opinion on the subject? Or will you check the facts and ensure that what you are reading is not fake news?

References:

Legalzoom.com. 1200 x 792 jpeg. Fake News: What Laws Are Designed to Protect. [Image online]. Retrieved from https://binged.it/2XGW61N

Russell, Andrew. (June 12, 2019). Facebook won’t remove doctored videos. Here are tools to help you verify content. [Online]. Retrieved from https://globalnews.ca/news/5381118/how-to-spot-fake-news-misinformation-disinformation-online/

Thompson, Elizabeth. CBC News. (June 11, 2019). Poll finds 90% of Canadians have fallen for fake news. [Online]. Retrieved from https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/fake-news-facebook-twitter-poll-1.5169916

Websise.ie. (June 21, 2018). Explained: What is Fake News? [Online]. Retrieved from https://www.webwise.ie/teachers/what-is-fake-news/

Do you believe everything you read about on social media?  Can you differentiate a real story from a fake news?  If you want to learn more about fake news and how to recognize it, read my blog at https://bit.ly/2KlOuih

Are you wondering if what you are reading is fake news?  How can you tell, without a doubt, if what you are reading is not fake news?  To know more about the fake news phenomenon, read my blog at https://bit.ly/2KlOuih #fakenews