With the rumors of fake news comes controversy, conspiracy theorists and a lot of false allegations, which are widely spread thought out the news, social media outlets, magazines and websites. Fake news can influence the outcome of certain things, the support of others and how people may perceive you causing someone to have a bad outlook on things that aren’t true.” Noting that, rumors often circulate most intensively at times of uncertain or unrest.
” (465) A need for validation, pandering to fantasies, and a sliver of truth contribute to the ease of disseminating and accepting fake news. First, why does the idea of having validation from fake new makes dissemination and accepting so easy? People look for validation in the wrong places for example social media.
The social media outlet creates a platform for false validation that allows people to create false allegations and rumors that is not real. Such as posting pictures or comments that are just for likes and approval by their peers giving a false sense of self-worth, while accepting fake new is easy.
Disseminating fake news is just as easy as accepting it, social media allows people to share, tag, edit etc., making it easy to accept. People craving validation no matter what the cost. Just to make themselves sit in the spot light for that moment in time. Creating false allegations at the cost of others while making others feel less just to make their false lives better.
In which this has affected the way things are perceived according to Gusterson: “But now we have the internet- a perfect environment for the incubation and rapid dissemination of such rumors. As we are seeing, the internet is changing the balance of forces between mainstream media -with its (admittingly imperfect) protocol for systematically investigating stories- and – “prosumers” (consumers who are now also producing influential “news” stories)”. (465)
Second, real vs fake news pander to a phenomenon of fantasies creating a fairy tales. Fake news provides cautionary tales that creates a warning that something bad is about to happen. While creating conspiracy theories that are a fairy tale of lies. Meanwhile, trying to explain the lies making them seem as if they were real. Real news is being able to read between the lines, discovering what truth is being implied. Real news doesn’t travel as fast as fake news because there is no excitement in real news, fake news attracts people’s attention without them having any supporting facts about the information. “The extensive coverage of the fake-news-phenomenon emphasizes the unprecedented nature of the situation”. (464) Last, there is no supporting details or credited sources for fake news, but always a sliver of truth. There is no truth or facts to support the lies being told.
The story seems too good to be true people become suspicious of it because it seems better than you had expected. The publishing is seeking some type of payment behind the story just to view their untrusted site for this fake news. There are facts behind the story when it is real, there are supporting details along with creditable sources that support those details in the news being given. “I just can’t hold back the truth anymore”. (464) In conclusion, people crave confirmation, validation and acceptance, therefore dissemination fake news is so easy to accept, and social media is a great place for it. Giving us a platform that allows news to be contagious. Sensationalism only tuns into temptation, which only encourages the dissemination of fake news. Making the world as we know a place of falsehood. Although, there was is no evidence to support fake allegations, rumor can affect everyone that’s involved, the person disseminating and the person accepting.