Fake News: A Serious Issue

by Pascale28 on February 7, 2018 - 12:30pm

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. Also, if a researcher ask a question to a subject and he knows the good answer but the majority doesn’t have the right answer, he will probably change his answer for the one that’s popular. In addition, fake news have negatives consequences on our society, especially on the democracy. The news article also contains advices about how to judge the reliability of news. In my opinion, the article that I summarized is reliable because of the credibility of the authors. “David Z. Ambrick is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, Western Australia. Madeline Marquardt is an undergraduate student at MSU majoring in neuroscience and professional writing.”

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While reading your article it showed me another side of fake news which I did not look at before. An article that gives you a distinct perspective on fake news will be provided in a link below, it looks at how fake news is stimulated through social media. In fact, fake news on social media is more popular that the real news articles. The fact older people are more susceptible to believing fake news can be a bigger issue than we anticipate, most young people believe when older people tell us something. If the older person is telling a younger person something they read on fake news this can be a big issue. Also, I agree with you I do believe journalists are more inclined to tell popular stories rather than truthful ones. Media is about creating the most attention in society and things that catch our attention are not always beneficial for us to read. Also, to your point about democracy, media can be a strong tool used to make people elect someone to become president. In the United States Donald trump used this to his advantage he would make a controversial political statement everyone would talk about it and he would become more popular. One point you can add to your article to provide more insight in your topic is the study done on individuals about interpreting fake news. In your article it lists a study that was done to see the influence of fake news and who is more susceptible to fake news. All in all, I really enjoyed reading your article it was good learning new things, you just need to work on the tense of verbs and everything will be good. Well written summary which I found very interesting.


I laughed when you said that « older adults are particularly affect by fake news» It's so true! I already heard a woman who had read that there was a shark in the Lac-Saint-Jean and she believed it ! Older adults are too often naive with fake news because they believe everything even if it's obvious that this is not the truth. In a kind of way, fake news are dangerous because they are often considered realistic. If the fake news it's scary it can sometimes make some people panic. With articles on Internet, you have to remember that people can write whatever they want without it being true. You have to know how to select the true of the false!

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