Open Perspectives

Page 1: Introduction
Page 2: Realizations of the US Protests
Page 3: Corona Policies
Page 4: Fake News
Page 5: The Culture War

Fake News

Fake News is a term that is sadly highly misused as a derogatory term to block off political discussion, while there is actual fake news floating around on social media and various blogs and news websites, that can seriously harm public perception.

When Donald Trump calls a certain media channel as fake news, he does not elaborate, he does not explain, he does not want to have a conversation on what is misrepresented or how the reporting is biased.

They lie, they twist the truth, they misrepresent, they report biased, but so do all people at some point in their life.

And everyone and every news station is biased to some degree, even if you are labeling yourself as unbiased, people are just getting more sensitive and call you out for minor slip ups, or interpret your unbiasedness as biased.

Instead of just labeling something Fake News, we can be precise and specific. What are they letting out or is missing from the story? What perspective of the issue is not being reported on or is badly represented? How are they biased? Are they ideologic and do not portrait the issue accurately because of it? What are their sources? Are they trying to cause chaos, entice anger and divide readers?

If the news media you question is reputable, they will notice your concerns and adjust or correct their mistakes. If not, people will understand your criticism and bring it forward themselves and eventually, the media has to change, or their reputation will suffer and their readers will abandon them.  

Fake News won’t go away, but you can help people learn about them and spot them more easily. Especially because there is a lot more problematic fake news on social media that has no sources, blatantly lies and the uploaders are hiding behind anonymous accounts. There is an excellent YouTube series by SmarterEveryDay (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PGm8LslEb4&list=PL2GUb58PUYR_G8BoZvA1fxvStr0_MqLoI&index=15) that shows exactly how fake news is being shared on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, how those companies are fighting it, and how hard it can get to filter out fake news and bot accounts without hurting actual users.

Take some time to learn about it, so you can understand how to spot biased, misrepresentative, fake news and not get abused and used by its harmful message. It is a lot more productive to hear and learn about the issue from people who work their entire day fighting it, than to just complain about it on Twitter.