Dead children. A malnourished population. Those widespread images are disseminated by the media to such an extent that most people can clearly picture the horrific deformities and protruding bones of the people in question. According to the United Nations World Food Programme, approximately 1 in 9 people do not have access to enough food to maintain a healthy lifestyle (“Hunger Statistics”). This is a pressing issue since millions are currently deprived of basic human rights.
Close your eyes and try to imagine the world without computers, smartphones, Wi-Fi. Try to imagine how the news of nine eleven would have spread without computers and instant broadcasting videos. Who is responsible for all this news spread, you may ask? Well today, pretty much any one who owns a mobile. However, that has been happening only for the past decade. Not so long ago, the only ones who were responsible for everyone’s knowledge of tidings were what we call, journalists.
How many times have we looked at someone and, almost immediately, assumed aspect or even the entire entity that were staring at? This is an aspect of human instinct considered, at least for the most part, as normal. However, when this aspect and very malicious ideologies get mixed together and remains unchecked, the results can be very dangerous.
Submitted by Julia G. on February 4, 2017 - 4:04pm
In a new age defined by technology, social media provides a platform for individuals all over the world to publish pieces of writing. Whether it is a 140 character tweet, or a Facebook post, the identity of a journalist is questioned in the newspaper article, "Digital Age Rewrites the Role of Journalism" written by David Marsh which was published to The Guardian on October 16, 2012.
Submitted by B.Matthews on February 4, 2017 - 2:48pm
Feminism and Humanism: What’s the difference?
Equal rights, self-determination, and integrity are all forms of rights feminists prove to highlight, but just how is this possible if society is so against regulating all of these controversies? Many people may have never thought about the similarities that go hand-in-hand between two terms that everyone is familiar about; humanism and feminism.
With approximately 1.8 billion members, it would be inaccurate to say that Facebook does not have an influence on the opinions and on the exposure to mass media of a quarter of the World population. In the beginning of 2017, Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg finally recognized this social media’s responsibility in the consumption of news, be it fake or not, and created the Facebook Journalism Project.
Submitted by AmandaMcc on February 3, 2017 - 6:04pm
The article “Researchers Created Fake News. Here’s What They Found” written by Neil Irwin from the New York Times on January 18 2017 talks about the fake news that has become more widespread over the years. He starts off by talking about the elections and the speculation that the fictitious claims surrounding the election could actually sway the result toward Donald Trump. Two researches, Hunt Allcott of New York University and Matthew Gentzkow of Stanford, threw some “cold water” on the theory that fake news was a big influence on the election result.
Fake news are all over the place. EVeryone is talking about it, even the president of the United-States: Donald Trump. The awareness of fake news has raised, but it is hard to find the truth. " How can we find the truth? How can we learn to differ fake news from the real ones? ". Nowadays, everyone can write a post on Internet and call themselves a journalist. It is now hard to define what a journalist really is. "Is a journalist someone who works for a newspaper company? Or is it just someone that reports something on social medials?".