Being Gullible in a World Filled with Fake News

I would consider one of my biggest downfalls in life to be the fact that I am very gullible and trust many people to easily. This problem is exaggerated online and it can lead to many problems. I rarely share articles or information online, but, I will ask people and they will look at me a bit different. They have said, “Cassie, you know that’s not real, right?” I always like to see the good in people and trust them, but online that is a real problem.

Amy Collier’s talk about trusting people online really has made me reevaluate how I am looking at news online. One of the many tips I will use in the future is seeing if more than one source is covering a story. I also want to get in the habit of checking what site the story is on and reading the comments to see what other people feel.

Recently, there has been a post going around Facebook and Twitter about the freezing temperatures and the homeless in Chicago. The post claims that at least 15 people have died in the cold on Chicago streets, and features a picture of a person seeming to be freezing on the side of the street. I believed right away, as I usually do, but this time I thought about it for a minute. I had never seen this story anywhere else, and I felt like it would have been broadcasted more. I Googled the story and did not see any other results and was very skeptical and later found out it was fake.

Taking a second to think about if an article could be fake and not always trusting everything is a something I am trying to learn. Going forward, I hope that I think before I become angry or before I share and make not trust everything I see online.

(2) Comments

  1. Cristina Ortiz

    Fake news!!!! It’s everywhere and soooooo hard to avoid!!

  2. Katie G

    What a great reflection, Cassie! As I was watching the presentation, I thought that this information would be terrific for first-year students to get as they begin college. Perhaps it could be included in the Gateway Seminars.

    I hope that you share this information and the techniques that you learned with others, Cassie!

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