Process Post #7
Week 7 is here, and we’re focusing on digital literacy. While social media provides more opportunities for voices to be heard, it also increases the risk of falling into the trap of misinformation and fake videos. As someone who shares travel experiences online, I find it challenging to ensure that the information I share is accurate. For example, when sharing my journey in Vancouver, providing correct information about its history, background, and location can be difficult.
The first reading by James Bridle, titled “Something is Wrong on the Internet,” sheds light on the dark side of the internet where automated algorithms generate disturbing and bizarre content aimed at children. This is a clear example of how digital media can be used to manipulate and harm individuals. It reminds me that we sometimes enjoy posts without fact-checking their backgrounds, which can lead to being easily influenced by others over time.
To combat misinformation and fake news, it’s essential to verify the source of the news article and fact-check the information presented. Fact-checking websites like Snopes, FactCheck.org, and PolitiFact can be useful. It’s also crucial to be aware of our own biases and consume news from a variety of sources to avoid getting stuck in an echo chamber. Lastly, reporting fake news and misinformation to social media platforms or news outlets can help combat their spread. By taking these steps, we can play a role in fighting the spread of misinformation and fake news.