To Read or Not to Read

The process of understanding and analysing online information has been to some extent always in the public eye in various forms – right back to the development of trust in online communities during the formation of the web as we know it (Hoffman, Novak and Peralta, 1999). Given the attention on Fake News as provided by the media, looking at how we can analyse online content for its authenticity is a vital topic for the users of the web today. It is a particularly exciting topic, as it is quite so relevant to how we use the web particularly within out own micro-communities.

Chloe’s blog post looked at the spread of fake news and signposted some useful content. The video she included was especially helpful in spotting fake news:

In my comment on Chloe’s blog, I challenged how we might go about contesting and fighting fake news, through understanding the deeper definition. This is something I have thought much about. When reading other blog posts submitted, I thought Lakshay’s was a thoroughly revealing analysis of some of the data regarding fake news. Again, there was an interesting article linked to which I thought was helpful for considering the problem of fake news (Gough, 2017). The methods of fighting fake news were referenced in this post also – with a highlight on how there might not necessarily be a solely technical fix. In my comment, I linked to an interesting paper looking at the agenda behind fake news and inviting discussion on how we can further combat the fake news issue.

Concluding then, after looking at the resources made available to us – particularly the MOOC (FutureLearn, 2018) – it is through digital literacy we can most effectively combat fake news. Increasing education will allow for individuals to analyse and interpret online information with increased accuracy. Technical solutions can only go so far.

 

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References
FutureLearn. (2018). Page from Learning in the Network Age – University of Southampton. [online] Available at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/learning-network-age/4/todo/26803 [Accessed 18 Mar. 2018].

Gough, C. (2017). Motivated Reasoning Is Why You Can’t Win An Argument …. [online] Curiosity.com. Available at: https://curiosity.com/topics/motivated-reasoning-is-why-you-cant-win-an-argument-using-facts-curiosity/ [Accessed 18 Mar. 2018].

Hoffman, D., Novak, T. and Peralta, M. (1999). Building consumer trust online. Communications of the ACM, 42(4), pp.80-85.

 

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