Liberal Studies Sem
Liberal Studies Sem UNIV 7200
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THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS Does Fake News Mislead the Public by Myron L VarIowWalters UNIV 7000Foundations in Liberal Studies Dr William E Wingfield October 12 2011 Does Fake News Mislead the Public Unit three of TAKING SIDES Clashing Views in Mass Media and Society explored the diverse relationships between the media the news and politics In thissegment of the text book Editors Alison Alexander and Janice Hanson addressedthe ninth oftheir twenty societalmedia related issues This ninth point in question was whether or not fake news misleadsthe public In the preface to this segment Alexander and Hanson set the stage for their comparative study This was achieved by enlightening the reader ofthe recent trends in the media through which people are obtaining information especially in regard to the electoral process The editors point out that traditional sources ofjournalism were considered to be what was found in newspapers magazines and electronic media news programming However in recent years there has been an inclination primarily among young votersto seek information from comedic points of supply as opposed to traditional media A large portion ofyoung voters that were polled said that they get their news from shows such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart instead of major news networks Unfortunately from some perspectives the United States is raising its dumbest generation ever A quarter of those polled in the 18 to 29 year old age group said they had received no news the day before According to press critic media historian and professor ofjournalism and mass communication David Mindichthis trend in television viewing accounts for a current decline in political awareness and news and current affairs awareness among America s younger citizens Not only does this group know less they care less vote less and follow the news less than their elders Page 174 Line 10 In essence young people prefer to be entertained instead of informed This chapter analyzed both sides of the debate as to whether or not fake news misleads the public The first perspective examined was taken from the result of a comparative study conducted by Julia Fox Glory Koloen and VolkanSahin These scholars compared the substantive information found in network newscasts with the substantive information found in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart The results ofthis study showed that the level of substantive information found in network newscasts and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart were surprisingly similar The second viewpoint that Alexander and Hanson opted to use was that of Journalism Professor Barry Hollander Hollander examined just what was extracted from comedy and late night programs The conclusion that Hollander came to in regard to what we learn from fake news is that those that watch comedic newscasts tend to only recognize the information presented they do not actually recall the information As a member of the older generation that prefers to get their news from what we considered to be reliable and accountable news sources I tend to go to network news to get what I used to think was real news However I do enjoy watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart the Colbert Report with Steven Colbert and the Weekend Update on Saturday Night Livewhen I want to be entertained Apparently younger viewers look at this from the reverse perspective They preferto be entertained and then informedThe attitude that prevails among this age group could be considered as one of
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