"Fake News" is a strange new problem that I don't think many people saw coming. The technological age has brought with it many strange and interesting sociological problems, but this one is far too big to ignore. And no, I'm not talking about by placing sanctions against "Fake News" sites. I mean our very culture needs to change in how we view information on the internet.
Even if legislation is passed within government guidelines, good intentions or otherwise, government can't fix the actual problem with "Fake News". In fact, the government(across the globe) nowadays are the very ones who use this as a tool to guide public opinion. This doesn't have to mean conspiracy level stuff in order to be an issue. Because deep beneath the surface of this problem there's a philosophical opportunity to better the way we perceive and consume information.
Any old person can make a blog, post an article that has done little to no research on the actual issue and still get passed around like it's fact. Does it happen all the time? Certainly not. There are those out there who will adamantly follow up on articles and verify information before shaping an argument around the information. Yet even the most well researched individual can still fall prey to Fake News via "trusted sources".Read More