• National news story
• Confirmation bias
• Reliable sources
These buzzwords are ones that I’ve heard countless times and also tried to explain to others countless times, the way the speaker broke down each term and gave examples of how these news stories spread was viewer-friendly and easy to follow.
These terms coupled with new ones that I hadn’t heard before such as filter bubbles and echo chambers, were enlightening to say the least. While my friends and I frequently discuss how “creepy” the internet and social media are, prior to viewing this video, I did not know the correct terminology to describe the “creepiness”. It makes total sense that your personal search history and internet usage begins to filter out stories and concepts that you may disagree with, therefore leaving you to view stories that are potentially misleading or incorrect why simultaneously appearing as accurate to you, the viewer.
These ideas absolutely tie in to f2f communication as well, as I frequently say to friends and family “this is how rumors start”. Learning how to distinguish between rumors and truths (even hard truths) is an important skill for all to develop, especially younger students in elementary, middle, and high school, who are totally and completely bombarded by information all day every day. If they do not understand how to identify reliable sources, they are doomed to become the kind of adults who talk without listening.
The question then becomes, how do we make them realize their susceptibility to #fakenews so they can form well-rounded, accurately researched opinions of their own?