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Fake News!!! Essay #1

Nowadays there are a lot of social media platforms that act as news sources for the general public because of all the traffic these social media platforms can pull in. These social media platforms include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and a myriad of other smaller social media platforms where people can share whatever they want.

An issue with this new phenomenon would be that people can now share whatever their thoughts are on social media without having their posts be fact checked or legitimised. For example, Danielle Bregoli also known as “Bhad Bhabie” on instagram who is famous for her catchphrase “cash me ousside how bow dat”, got kicked off her flight with Spirit Airlines. According to (dailymail.co.uk) “Danielle Bregoli, 13, was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight with her mother, Barbara Ann, on Tuesday for punching another passenger while boarding the plane at LAX.” But before anyone heard any news at all from the Daily Mail website or any other reliable source of news, they got it first off Danielle’s own explanation of what happened through recording herself talk on instagram’s story feature, combined with a lot of “leaked videos” from other passengers from the plane.

In those leaked videos shot of the incident from the airplane, the videos don’t start from the beginning of what happened, the video starts with Danielle already screaming and throwing punches at the passenger in the seat. This is a huge issue because now we don’t even know how the fight really started except for what people say happened. And on top of that, because Danielle is famous and viral everyone only posted stories of what she did and thought but never even thought to ask the other person’s point of view. Nowhere in the article could I find the other person’s point of view mentioned. In fact, I could not even locate the other person’s name in the article. The Daily Mail website only mentioned the passenger as a fellow passenger, the women, the unnamed woman, etc.

From this example we can see how the news that we receive can easily be a very one sided statement and that is not the kind of news we should be taking in. That is because then a lot of the news that we take in and absorb on a daily basis can be false information. The example of Danielle Bregoli might not be a big issue on the grand scheme of things but the way that people take in information is a big deal because nowadays people will read and believe anything on social media even though it might not even be actual serious news.

This is not entirely the media’s fault though because nowadays it is very important to be the first to publish information. Making people post whatever they have as soon as they have any information at all just so that people will flock to their social media platform and take up all their new content. Jerry McLaughlin made a really good analogy in his article with Forbes saying “do you remember your first kiss? I’m guessing yes. Do you remember your fourth kiss? Hmmm…”. His analogy of the importance of being first is very simple and straight to the point. We humans always tend to only remember the first thing that we see and these social media people know that. That is why all these people are always posting things for the general public to eat up even though the things being posted aren’t always true.

So since i’m guessing that most people probably already know that there are a lot of fake content and news on these social media outlets, you might ask the question “who do people still believe in fake news?”. The answer according to Arie Kruglanski’s article from the Huffington Post is due to the psychology of motivation. Basically, we humans have a conscious desire for information, and because of that natural desire for information we will be likely to respond to any messages that agree with our wishes and desires. Kruglanski notes that “two types of motivation are particularly relevant here: the need for certainty in times of turmoil and change, and the need to specific outcomes.”.

Now that we know what fake news is, how it happens, and why we always fall for it, let’s talk about how we can try to avoid fake news! David Robson wrote in his article with BBC News that there are six steps we can take to make ourselves “fake news” proof. The first step is to not be seduced by simplicity, he states that an article that is very easy to read may be considered fishy and even a simple font can give it away. The second step is to be smart to doctored images, because nowadays a lot of things can be photoshopped. The third step is to accept our ignorance and always try to look for truth. This is because a lot of times we are over confident that what we think is real has to be real, but that is not always the case. So we should always be fact checking ourselves before fully believing in something. The fourth step is to look beyond your bubble, meaning we should talk to different people and get more than just one person’s perspective. The fifth step was that we should be curious and always try to look for the truth through different angles. And last but not least, we should look for the opposite, because you never know which news is correct until you fact check. Now that you know how to spot out fake news, i hope you never fall for another trap again!

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4200496/Cash-Ousside-Girl-13-punches-passenger-plane.html

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jerrymclaughlin/2011/12/28/the-importance-of-being-first/#640a352329eb

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-do-people-believe-fake-news_us_59bc73dde4b06b71800c396f

 

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170210-how-to-avoid-falling-for-lies-and-fake-news

 

Process Post!

This week for my process post I get to talk about some of the changes that i’ve made to my blog after doing my second peer review on web designs. The first thing that I did was i realised that my blog was giving off a gloomy sort of vibe, so I changed the background colour from dark grey to white. I immediately saw a change and the whole pages looks way better now.

A second change that I did on my blog was that I added an instagram widget onto the blog. I saw other people doing it so I thought it would be a great way to show people more about who I am and what I do. Adding instagram onto the page was a little bit tricky though I had to first download a plug in then install the widget and customise it to fit what I want.

Peer Review #2

http://wongconcept.com/

This week for my peer second peer review I have the honour of checking out my classmate Michelle Wong’s blog that’s creatively named “wongconcept”. The first thing that I found a little bit of trouble at finding was Michelle’s name on the blog! I was looking everywhere to see if the name Michelle came up anywhere and sadly I can’t say I found it. So from that note I suggest Michelle maybe put her name into her about page? But then again anonymity might be Michelle’s thing so i’ll leave the decision up to her.

I really admired the simplistic design for Michelle’s blog as it just feels very neat and tidy. The font also definitely helps with the blog looking smart. The colours on the blog page have very good contrast with each other making the words easy to read and also helps readers tell apart the different content on the blog.

The layout and structure of the blog was actually pretty much flawless as everything was already neat and tidy. The menu bar is easy to find and the widgets on the side were all tidy and colour coordinated. The blog page was definitely easy for me to navigate around.

I also liked how Michelle’s instagram was included into her blog as a widget or a side button so that people can actually get to see more of Michelle outside of just her blog posts for the pub class. And even in Michelle’s posts she tends to put a lot of pictures into them so the page isn’t boring to look at. From Michelle’s instagram feed I could definitely confirm that she is a very tidy person because all the pictures on her instagram have the same colour scheme and the pictures all look like they go together in the same gallery unlike mine! (swagbong) <– my insta

All together I feel like the blog is very neat and tidy and I feel like that is just the type of person that Michelle is. But then again I want to talk about Travis Gertz’s article on how a lot of pages have the same style and nothing much is original anymore. I felt like maybe Michelle’s page was very clean and almost looked like a professionally done instagram for posh things. I felt like the page didnt show as much as who Michelle was as well as it could have but then I could be wrong.

#posiel

#peerreview2

FACEBOOK!!!

https://www.facebook.com/

So for this week’s process post i’m going to be talking about the design aspects of facebook’s website! First of all, notice that there are countless numbers of content on this first page and I haven’t even started to scroll yet! All of those buttons lead to different pages and there is just enough white space that the website is not overwhelmed with words and pictures. The website also has good proportions and the scale of the sides and the middle are all aligned.

The contrast on the page is also nicely done. It is obvious that the main colour of this website is blue. But then different parts of the website would have different kinds of blue colour and I feel like that helps people differentiate between the different sections of the website. The different sizes of the fonts id different areas of the page also helped with visual navigation.

The typefaces on facebook’s page are also really dope. The font perfectly fits with the page. It makes everything look neat and tidy even though there are like at least 10000 things going on at the same time on the facebook page.

Some of the things that didn’t work as well for me would probably be the little widgets for facebook games that I don’t play. But to be honest those widgets are tiny and don’t really get in the way of anything so it’s all good.