It is a sad state of affairs that we live in an age where propagandist media can affect our ability to make sound judgments about the current world affairs. We are bombarded with information on a daily basis, whether it be from a website we believe reputable, or from a friend quoting statistics he found from a Facebook article.
“Fake news” has become quite the buzzword lately and for good reason: With the fight for ad revenue promoting a culture of clickbait articles, jumping-the-gun journalism, and over-sensationalism, websites are becoming more and more about getting the traffic any way they can, the quality of content be damned.
Our culture of looking to be the next thing to go viral so we can score the big paycheck has some of us doing unwholesome activities.
The truth is, however, propaganda, misinformation, and deliberately faking information to get a rise and attention has been around for ages. With the growth of the internet, the growth of this kind of media has also flourished.
The good news is, that access to great information is also at our fingertips. With the bombardment of info it is up to us to build our critical thinking to counter all of the drivel. [Read more…] about Fake News and Your Ability to Think Critically