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Section 1: Introduction Within the class Digital Media and Society, one lesson seemed to stand out more than the others. The lesson is on week three's topic on “fake news.” Fake news, it is a term too often used by politicians, celebrities, and the ordinary person. In the modern world, the digital universe is in a constant battle over getting correct information distributed to society. It is too often that some of this information is fake, dishonest, and misleading. As the digital universe expands, the infor- mation portrayed within the digital world must be correct. Having fake news, or false reporting can have lasting effects that can disrupt the good order within a society. Fake news can com- pletely disrupt a society’s political and economic system. This essay will talk about week three's lesson on fake news. The focus of the essay is to see how prevalent fake news is within our soci- ety and how its distribution can have lasting effects. The growing presence of dishonest and mis- leading stories in the digital world is disturbing and dangerous. As a member of the United States Army, this topic appealed to me because of the effects fake news can have on the world and my job. Everyone is entitled to factual reports. Fake news is a global issue that divides our society and can have lasting and devastating effects. Section 2: Digital Media and Society take on Fake News Within week three of the class, Digital Media and Society, students studied fake news in the digital world. According to one of the readings provided on week three’s lesson, “Digital Media Ecosystems,” “Fake news was even crowned word of the year by the famous Collins dic- tionary in early 2018” (Augey & Alcaraz, para. 2). The term “Fake News” was created in the 1990s to describe “false news, generally exaggerated, disguised as factual information" (Augey
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THE PLAGUE OF THE DIGITAL WORLD 2 & Alcaraz, para. 2). The term fake news created in the '90s but did not become popular until 2015 when then-presidential nominee Donald Trump used the term to describe the media’s por- trayal of him. Week three’s discussion had students discuss topics that pertained to fake news. The first topic was to explain at least two ways fake news could affect the results of the upcoming 2020 Presidential elections? Another topic was, what can companies like Facebook and Twitter do to stop users from spreading fake news? These two topics led the students to look at how fake news affects our society and how social media platforms combat fake news. The first topic analyzed in week three’s discussion was asking about fake news and the effect it could have on the upcoming 2020 elections. With the 2020 elections just around the cor- ner, this is a real fear that many Americans share. Classmate Rachel Staiger said it best when she replied in the discussion, saying, “we don't know who to trust and what is real or fake news” (2020). In the video “Fake News Vs. Real News,” Dan Abrams talks about how fake news flooded social media during the 2016 elections (2018). It is for this reason why this topic is rele-
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