False News, And Information Literacy By William Badke: Article Analysis

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In the article “Post-Truth, False News, and Information Literacy” by William Badke he talks about fake news. Badke tells us how the digital age has made it easier for people to believe fake news. He explains why the internet should have filters and be controlled. Badke goes on to say because of so many false hoods people develop a “World view.” That their view is based on what they deem true. Even if facts prove otherwise. Badke says that there are so many voices out there. Each one telling us different sides to the same story, because of this we feel like we are bound to choose one. Bedke’s solution to the problem is to filter the internet. He gives reasons how it would improve the internet, but never really explains in detail to how it would …show more content…
People will always find a way to get through. To put as filter on the whole internet is unimaginable. The internet is so large it would take a lifetime to just to plan. Even if it was possible how would it distinguish between personal sites or fake news. Badke gives a solution that isn’t a solution at all. He doesn’t talk about the long process it would take to create such an algorithm. Also it would be completely point less because fake news sites will find a way around it.
Badke explains in one of his paragraphs about how Facebook came up with a fact checker, but even fake news has facts. Even with the checker it doesn’t remove the article. The Fact checker just tells you the article may not be reliable.
Badke also talks about training people to read and fact check every article that comes up on their site. One reason wrong with that is humans make errors, so in general it would defeat the purpose. A second reason is if it’s a small company they may not have the money to bring a person on and train them. A third reason is most companies already have this, and they still post false articles. Companies that's purpose is to draw people in will sometimes post unreliable articles. As long as they believe it’ll bring people in they will use
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What Badke never addresses in his new is the reason why there is so much, or why it keeps happening. The main reason there will always be fake new is attention. There are sites out there that know what they are posting is fake, but if it sounds real enough and will bring attention they will still post it. All it takes is one person to agree and spread the article. Also many people get their resources from places that aren’t reliable and they don’t bother to check, so then they themselves write a fake article and the cycle keeps going. Badke only talks about the audience that reads these articles. Without the full story his solutions don’t solve the problem. You can’t finish a puzzle with a missing piece.
Lastly Badke blames the internet for whole problem, but fake news has always been around. At the very beginning Badke states that since newspapers had to be approved fake news didn’t get published. That’s where he is wrong because they had to go through a second person is why it gets ran. All companies want to make money. If the person writing the article can make it sound it believable enough and the company agrees it’ll get ran. Before the internet many newspaper companies would run fake news if it would bring attention. They only care about how many copies of the paper they can get sold.
Badke gives many good points in his article, but what he fails to address one whole side to the problem. He also gives

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