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What's Behind Fake News and What You Can Do About It
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: MEDIA
Author: Dempsey, Kathy
Date: May 2017
Start Page: 6
Pages: 1
Abstract (Document Summary)
Many people are asking, "How did we get here?" How This Happened The following is a brief chronological list of factors that brought us to this point: * There was a switch from the limited hours of network television (remember when your set went to static at midnight?) to 24-hour cable TV. The overwhelming amount of new competition also led to the writing of clickbait headlines to drive readers to websites. * As the internet grew more ubiquitous and as simple blogging platforms replaced the need for deep HTML knowledge, anyone with access and a little know-how could become a "publisher." * Social media sharing has driven the desire to see new news not each day, but each hour, if not more often. [...]the rush to be the first to share something among one's peers can lead people to share a news item after seeing only a headline and photo (which are often sensationalized for this purpose). * While most people have entered the wide world of online information, few really understand it. [...]they may not care what the content even says or how misleading the headline is, as long as it's attracting eyeballs to their paid-per-click pages. * The...
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