Contemporary Issues Winter 2018 - Centennial College

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by justinrossleutner on February 14, 2018
The Dishonesty of a Handshake    

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by votrungdungeric on February 13, 2018
An Australian professor teaching in Southern New Hampshire University fail her student Ashley Arnold for saying that Australia is a country. The instructor explain to her that “Australia is not a country, it a continent this error made it nearly impossible for you to accurately complete your week 2 research outline correctly”. In fact, Australia could be consider as a country and continent at the same time.  Ashley taking her final course to get her sociology degree so she really need this grade to graduate.

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by akhom.voladeth on February 13, 2018
On Friday China denied Donald trumps report said that china has been selling oil product to North Korean and it violation of UN as the result of the fake news people have been criticism and mockery Trump as “Stupid”.   On Thursday China did not do as US told them to do, the US told them to blacklist the six-foreign flagged ship, 5 out of 6 flagged ship were own by china and Hong Kong and because of that a U.N. Security Council diplomat in Washington said he believe that there was an illegal trade between China and North Korea.

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by paulocandido12 on February 13, 2018
The article talks about the fake news around the Houston hurricane. In the article, the author proves to readers that the pictures circulating around social media or other news were actually fake. The pictures illustrate planes underwater in the Houston airport during Hurricane Harvey. Through the article, Snejana Farberov proves that all pictures were not true, and actually from simulation that was put together in 2013 by Climate Central.

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by jonathan.svetna on February 13, 2018
On the 3rd of December 2017, an article was posted on the patriot post claiming the Jacksonville Jaguars, an NFL team since 1993, was filing bankruptcy because of the kneeling of multiple players on the team. On August 14th 2016, Colin Kaepernick started a protest by kneeling during the national anthem that is sang before every NFL game. His cause for this process is to raise awareness on the racial inequalities present in the Unites States of America.

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by angela123 on February 13, 2018
This news article jumps right to the point when stating in its headline that it will be addressing fake news, regarding a train that hit a garbage truck near Charlottesville, Virginia. A passenger in the garbage truck died. However, just 65 minutes after this article was posted, a fully-fledged conspiracy theory was launched and promoted on twitter. The conspiracy states that the train crash featured republican members of the U.S congress, and it was a false flag orchestrated by the Deep State, in an attempt to avoid the release of FISA abuse.

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by ruthgebreyes1 on February 13, 2018
Elena Cresci is a young woman who attended Cardiff University and received a diploma in Journalism and also attended Swansea University in English Literature and German.I would consider Cresci a reliable source based on her education level and experiences working for The Guardian and Channel 4 News. This can be seen as a credible source that can be taken seriously.

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by Chadw0ke on February 13, 2018
On January 15th, 2018, a writer, Baxter Dmitry posted an article on the site “yournewswire.com”, that sparked controversy on vaccinations. He claimed that this years flu shot did the exact opposite of what it was suppose to. In his words “Many health officials believe that 2018 will ultimately be the worst flu outbreak that we have experienced since 1918.”. With a bit of research it was easy to find out that this was not as true as he made it sound.

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by jonathanlevy31 on February 13, 2018
          Politifact.com published a story titled Story that NFL Lawyer said Super Bowl is Rigged and was Murdered is Fake News. Amy Sherman wrote this article on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 exactly one day after the fake news article came out.

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by ragingrabbit on February 13, 2018
Fake News Julian Sancho 1710012 Michelle Fazioli Contemp. Issues  

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by delislerosalie on February 20, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
Who takes care of the LGBT homicides? Author: Chad Felix Greene Date of publication: January 31, 2018 Title of the article: The reported spike in Anti-LGBT homicides is fake news Even today, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people still are the victims of violence, of aggression and of murders. From 2016 to 2017, the LGBT homicides rate has significantly increased. Indeed, the number of murders has doubled. For example, 28 LGBT Americans have been murdered in 2016 comparatively to 52 in 2017. However, in many cases, there is no suspect, motive or resolution and because of that, the police cannot really advance in their investigation. Moreover, most of the crimes including transgender or gay people are not really considered. Most of the time, nobody takes care of the victim’s gender identity and their murder is considered like a normal homicide among others. Therefore, the media are probably the only organization who can inform the population about that. I think that my article is credible because my source seems to be a newspaper where many other articles are published every day. Many people such reporters, editors, producers, writers and many others work for this newspaper and write about serious subjects of the topical. For this reason, I am sure this is a credible article. http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/31/reported-spike-anti-lgbt-homicides-f...

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by rosetaillon on February 14, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
Fake News: Asian leaders are going crazy  

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by williamc on February 12, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
I recently found a text, written by Nina Berman, an American documentary photographer as well as an associate professor at Columbia University, called « The victims of fake news ». I read this article on the Columbia Journalism Review website, which is an American magazine, published at a frequency of two editions per year since 1961 by the Columbia University Graduate School of journalism. This magazine treats about news, media industry trends, analysis, professional ethics and the stories behind news.

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by CamilleB-P on February 7, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
How fake is the 2018 State of the Union

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by Pascale28 on February 7, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
In the news article that I chose, the main subject is “Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News”, which is the title of the article, and it is written by David Z. Hambrick, Madeline Marquardt on February 6, 2018. You can find it on Scientific American. It talks about a study that prove there is a link between cognitive ability and vulnerability to fake news. Researchers find out a major risk factor for damaging effects of misinformation. The study demonstrate that older adults are particularly affect by fake news; they have more tendency to think it is true information.

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by Julnade on February 7, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
A new study from the “computational propaganda project” of the University of Oxford says that Trump supporters consume the largest volume of fake news on Facebook and Twitter. They explain it saying that the right wing shared and consumed the most part of the extremist, conspiratorial and bad quality news.

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by catherinebouchard on February 7, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
Who’s affected by fake news? The notion of fake news has made a lot of controversy especially in the last years during the contentious US presidential campaign. Nowadays with the omnipresence of social media, many falsehoods are spread to entice marketing money or to value a political cause. Although, fake news has repercussions far outside politics. Because of that, the verification of sources is now crucial for legacy media, but also for social-media platforms.

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by Nikthefreak98 on February 7, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
                                                                                         Fake News are giving Hell to Social Networks  

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by MJoëlle on February 7, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
The current generation suffers from a global phenomenon called fake news. Journalists who publish misinformation that affects others in a bad way is mostly what generates fake news. These news are a big concern for the society because they often cause damage to individuals, political parties and institutions. For example, some journalists said that the Barisan Nasional government won the last elections because they had imported 40 000 Bangladeshis to vote for them when in facts, no one ever found a proof about this declaration and still, some people believe this story.

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by fn on February 7, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
If you have a Facebook account, you probably saw one time an article using false information that could potentially influence your opinion on a subject. Well, an article post by the Anna Momigliano from the Washington Post on February 2 2017 is saying that Italy and Facebook as paired up to ban the most fake news as possible from the Facebook feed to make sure that electors from that country could not be influenced by those articles who could lead to disinformation at nearly one month of the election.

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by Samjun2000 on February 7, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
This article is about how the Australian population is now more aware of the credibility of the news they see on the social medias, such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It says that this new consciousness also brings people to be feared about fake information and how it affects people’s trust on actual medias.  They are now more willing to trust the traditional medias (online media, newspapers, etc.). People are now more conscious about the difference between fake news and actual news.

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by camilledarveau on February 7, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
The article I chose is about a person who writes fake news. The author is anonymous, the title of his article is “Experience: I write fake news” and he published it in January 2018 (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jan/26/experience-i-write-...). The author of the article was a student and he was starting to run out of money. He looked for a job and found out he could write fake news.

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by Elodie Tremblay on February 7, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
Recently, a new article went out on social media, commenting about fake news, more specifically on Facebook. This article is called “Facebook is trading fake news for local news” (http://bgr.com/2018/01/29/facebook-fake-news-local-news/). It was written by Chris Mills, a news editor, and was published on January 29th, 2018.

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by etienne0330 on February 7, 2018
CEGEP de St-Félicien
I’m going to explain in a simple manner the article I read that is called: Pope Francis vs Donald Trump: Each one has a guide to fake news — and they couldn't be more different. The article talks about, mainly, how pope Francis view Fake news. They compare their point of view, explaining how Donald Trump would just give you examples, Pope Francis would rather give you clue on how to figure out if a news is fake or not. It is more of a how to spot fake news guide.  

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3 years 11 months ago

I found your post really interesting because instead of speaking about fake news in general, you are speaking about the author behind it. Even if the article explain well why some people start writing fake news, I think that you could have use maybe a more credible post where the writer of fake news is not anonymous and where the article come from a more credible website like this article from the Washington Post that speak about a fake news writer creating article about Donald Trump: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/11/17/facebook.... Overall, your text is well writen and easy to understand.

3 years 11 months ago

Hey,

The thing is that, in almost every single one of these instances, the trolls succeeded in their attempts to mess with the media. Trolling continues because it is just so effective and hilarious in some situations. In your article, you mention how some people wanted twitter, the social media of choice for these said trolls, to react more actively towards these hoaxes. I totally disagree: I think twitter should not be responsible for the acts of its users. I would instead blame the media, whom failed to see through these obvious hoaxes (notably the instance with "TheReportOfTheWeek") and spread false information because of a lack of research within their establishment. The media has nothing to gain from researching and validating the information they post online, since they can just blame trolls afterwards. To wrap up, it is unethical to spread false information about these kinds of incidents, as they can slow down the search for potential victims, but the media allows it by not fact checking their info.

Trolling is an art, an unstoppable force that we must deal with.

3 years 11 months ago

Hi Matthew,
Your article is great; the subject you chose is really interesting and intriguing. After reading your article I made some researches about the ending of this whole fake news story during the 2016 presidentials. I quickly found out that there is actually no real ending to it; we still don't know the truth about it... Although your article is really interesting; I would have shorten the introduction a little bit, because it is easy to get mixed up when articles have a too long introduction. The structure of a text is really important for the comprehension of it that's why in a future article I would recommend you to work on this aspect. Except this little note, your article was well written and the rich vocabulary used in it makes it even better and enriching. Keep up the good work.

3 years 11 months ago

Hello Vincent,
The content of your post is quite interesting, climate change is not something to mess with, it is a real growing issue of our current century. The reading of your post made me research a little bit, I did not know what exactly the Paris Agreement was. After reading it twice, I realised that I totally agree with the opinion you express in your post. To increase the quality of your post, I would explain a little bit more about the Paris Agreement to make the readers know a bit more on the subject. In general your article is really interesting with some good vocabulary in it. Keep up the good work!:)

3 years 11 months ago

It's very surprising that a university teacher doesn't know that Australia is a country. Generally, most people think that Australia is a country. I'm happy because I learned something when I read your article : Australia can be a continent AND a country. I've never heard that, before today. I hope that the teacher will never do this mistake again because I'm sure that it was a very stressful experience for the student. However, Ashley Arnold received a amount of money so maybe she doesn't regret what happened. I found your subject very interesting !

3 years 11 months ago

I'm shocked to see that a person has nothing better to do than write a fake article about the flu shot killer. Over and above he does not give any proof of his informations, he does not share the name of the « CDC Doctor », so how can we know if it's true? I totally agree with you, Baxter Dmitry is probably not a real journalist or a real person. The worst thing in this story is the fact that a lot of people believe that the flu shot really kill people how got it and that the flu shot is most deadly than the flu. Many people probably feared when they read this article because they had got the flu shot and thought that they had a chance to die because of that. Nowadays, it's increasingly common to see journalists who report anything just for having contents. I found you're article very interesting !

3 years 11 months ago

I really appreciated the quantity of informations that you provide in your article. I liked the fact that you told the whole story, which is very shoking. It's funny how sometimes people, even university teachers, can be so narrow-minded. I totally agree with you concerning the reliability. There are way too many missing informations, such as their sources and the author's name.

3 years 11 months ago

Hi Camille! I found your article very interesting. As a social media user, I'm often confronted with this fake news problem. However, I never wondered who was the person behind these news and why they did that. It was interesting to read about the reasons that can push someone to write fake news. I have no other choice but to agree with you on the reliability of your article. The only fact that the author is anonymous leaves us in doubt. Keep up the good work!

Reply to: Fake news or not?
3 years 11 months ago

To begin with, your article is very well written and well structured.
However, there is very little information being provided on the article itself, which makes it hard for me to consider if the article is reliable or not. Although the National Post, may seem like a reliable source, the author is still unknown. Therefore, the article cannot be deemed as credible because there is no background information on the author, nor any information on his educational background. For future reference it would be best to find an article with a reliable author and provide a detailed description of the article.
Here is a credited source article that confirms your article: https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/24/politics/pope-fake-news-trump/index.html

3 years 11 months ago

To begin with, your article is very precise and well written. I enjoyed reading contemporary issues that revolve around us young adults and teenagers and it is important for the youth to understand the serious problems about fake news.
Moreover, I believe that the article may not be so reliable because the author of this article has little information about him. The was no background information that was provided for him, nor did you provide his educational degree's that the other has. In addition, the reason why I believe this article cannot be considered as reliable is because it is known that real celebrities and famous people don't personally write what they post on social media, they have someone write it for them, that's why Twitter or Facebook can't be considered a reliable source to be credited.
However, I liked the content you provided and I think it was really well presented! For future reference it would best to provide a detailed background check on the author in order to determine his credibility. Here is an article provided for you from Global News that very well confirms your information.
https://globalnews.ca/news/3998843/facebook-tweak-user-engagement-falls-...

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