Getting information has been part of our lives, since the day we’d been born until the time we get old and forget all the things that happened around us. Just like a kid who ask so many things out of curiosity, we too are in need to feed our hunger for knowledge, be it educational, social, political, informational or for just plain entertainment and we have different ways of getting it and all of them are connected to media. Media can be in printed form, broadcast, new (computer technology), advertising, indigenous and films. But in this generation, most of us, especially the young ones, get more information through the use of their gadgets and the web. Media is very important for us students since it is the fastest way of getting what we need and want. But am I getting the right kind of data?
I’m aware that there are posters (people who uses the name of other people) and fake news in the cyber world and sometimes I browse in my Facebook wall and there are posts or articles that are questionable and some people immediately judges and criticize even if they don’t know if it’s true. Sometimes there are scenarios in my wall that a person is being bullied by posting information about him/her that is not appropriate and people instantly judge the person being bullied and I’m like “guys, are you even sure if that’s true?”. So to confirm if the data you got is true, I did a research and came up with this:
First, you need to consider the source since they are the ones who posted the message or article. You need to know their connection to the post, their motives for posting this or you can message them privately if you have the guts to ask them and if they replied and wants to talk with you then you are lucky. The next thing to do is for you to read beyond the headline. If a provocative headline drew your attention, read a little further before you decide to pass along the information. The headline will only catch you attention but it won’t give you the whole truth about the post. Then we check your biases, gather information from each parties that has connection to the said topic to confirm. It might get hard since you will have to think and analyze because of their beliefs and opinions, you have to know who has the right information. After that ask what the support is. Search for the said topic and look if there are any topics that proves or backs up the information that you got. If there are any post that confirms this said data and then check the date. Some false stories aren’t completely fake, but rather distortions of real events. People might just claim that something that happened long ago and related it to current events. Lastly we consult the experts or the person who knows about the whole truth and let them have them to fact-check the latest viral claim to pop up in your news feed.
Posting something comes with a great responsibility and consequence in the future, if ever you post something that is fake and being against a person. So before you post think about the future and the things that might happen if you post it and all the people that might be reading about it. Be wise in all your decision and you won’t have a problem.