"Middle school, high school and college students in 12 states were
asked to evaluate the information presented in tweets, comments and
articles. More than 7,800 student responses were collected.
exercise after exercise, the researchers were 'shocked' — their word,
not ours — by how many students failed to effectively evaluate the
credibility of that information.
The students displayed a 'stunning and dismaying consistency' in their responses, the researchers
wrote, getting duped again and again. They weren't looking for
high-level analysis of data but just a 'reasonable bar' of, for
instance, telling fake accounts from real ones, activist groups from
neutral sources and ads from articles."
So what happens when the news is no longer dependent on fact? What happens to our society when we believe things that aren't real? How can we maintain a news feed that at least sticks to reality?
I blame Fox News.