Fake news. It’s a big issue right now and makes us doubt our trust in newspapers and our source of general knowledge. In my opinion, fake news is just a cheap tactic to attract attention to a particular news story or company in general. Some articles in the news are unbelievable and, by that I mean, they should not be believed. The way that I propose this affects democracy is untruthful propaganda. The people writing the article may have a prejudice against a politician, meaning that the article itself will support the opposing side regardless of the true facts. Donald Trump has been criticised immensely through the media and, although he has a seeming hate for certain groups, he hasn’t done anything particularly bad for the U.S.A.On the topic of Donald Trump, he himself has said that he is fighting fake news. Here is the speech itself:
If the government truly decide to look into fake news, in an attempt to try and limit it, it may help us all gain stronger researched opinions into matters of great importance, instead of jumping to conclusions straight away. However, everyone should be entitled to their own respected opinions, regardless of the fact that they may have fake sources. Is it not our faults that we are believing this? If people were bothered to look up the facts, everyone would be able to tell right from wrong and fake news would, hopefully, be eliminated as they would have failed at their one goal: receiving attention. That is all they want, attention. If a news story gets publicised on a website like youtube (with billions of people watching) they have succeeded and people will believe their pathetic stories. This can, and will, eventually lead to our democracy being harmed due to an unnecessary change in our opinions which is based on biased or untruthful sources. Is this what we want?
Thank you for reading my first thoughts on the issue.