In Light of Election Coverage, New Browser Extensions Will Warn You of Fake News Sites
“Not all of these sources are always or inherently problematic,” noted Melissa Zimdars, communication and media professor from Merrimack College in Massachusetts, whom created a list herself. “They should be considered in conjunction with other news/info sources due to their tendency to rely on clickbait headlines. You should read it closely, feel free to disagree, and, in the spirit of media literacy, do your own research.”
Regardless of whether citizens use an extension or reference list, this emerging revolution of just “being careful” while on the world wide web is real and necessary, even proven on a larger scale by the recent efforts of Facebook and Google beginning to actively shrink their ad networks to exclude hoax websites.
Coincidentally on Tuesday, Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” their Word of the Year 2016. It means relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.
Ring a bell? It should. Many view the phenomenon as a reason behind Trump’s victory and the campaign for the U.K. to leave the European Union – known as Brexit.
Until media literacy is taught in schools across the nation, and mandated, those who indulge themselves on the internet and other forms of media must understand what is fact versus spin – even lies – or risk yet another November surprise.
How? Simple! Start with using one of these extensions. (Or at least the list…)