What Can We Do About Misinformation?

It begins with taking some personal responsibility…

How We Process Information

Much has been written about the spread of misinformation in our society. The term “fake news” gets thrown around a lot, but it goes deeper than that. This article from American Scientist (an article adapted, with permission, from Misinformation and Mass Audiences, edited by Brian G. Southwell, Emily A. Thorson, and Laura Sheble) does a fantastic job of laying out the differences between misinformation and disinformation and showing how misinformation, specifically, can have an impact on our society.

Read More Than the Headline

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  1. If we don’t have time right then and there, refrain from talking with others about that particular story until we’ve read the whole thing.

Follow More than Just Your Echo Chamber

With social media, it can be easy to create “echo chambers.” Since we control and curate our feeds, we can simply choose to follow and engage with like-minded people.

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You are the Media

Maybe you found it odd that I compared individuals to news organizations in the last section. If so, let me double down on that.

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Take One Step

You may be wondering why I’ve even written this article. I am not a journalist, and I am not a media expert. My day job is in public relations and advertising, and I am also a writer whose movie reviews and other pieces have been published by various outlets. None of that makes me an expert on this topic, and I’m certainly not trying to make the case that I am in any way better than you when it comes to consuming and sharing news media. But this is a topic that is incredibly important to me as someone who is an avid user of social media and who generally tries to stay informed.

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