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Deborah Tannen's Use Of Truth In Science Fiction

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Essay 1-Fake news spreading rapidly According to Philip K. Dick, an American writer of published science fiction writings, said, “Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups... So I ask, in my writing, what is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing (University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Quotations…show more content…
The only way to resolve this issue of citizens not knowing because of the fake news that is given is to figure out how to get rid of it. There are times where you will hear something on the radio about an issue compared to the issue talked about on social media with these two sides you are able to form an opinion because you have more than one source. She speaks about the power of words and how words are so powerful the catch or draws people into what the topic or subject is. The news and social media want to get ones attention and the best way to get ones attention is to be powerful with your words (493). As a result, people listen and pay close attention to whatever the message is from whomever which causes people to be so wrapped up into what is being said and they allow themselves to be fooled with misinformation. Fake news is something everyone should pay close attention to and understand that this is real and it can affect the world because of the ignorance from our…show more content…
Whom should we listen to? The best person to listen to is the actual source, to hear the information from the individual at hand and if it’s not a person and it’s a specific topic to gather information about the subject yourself. Majority of those who have been taught to understand what are reliable sources and what unreliable understand where to get information if needed. The issue is that people are disregarding the proper way of getting reliable and factual information. People rather just be lazy and have someone tell it to them ten to dig a lot deeper to gather the information that they need to form their own thoughts and opinions about anything. There is a newspaper about fake news from Jeff Parsons and the Researchers at the University of Cambridge speaking about an experiment to preemptively fake news so that they can rid people of any misinformation (Parsons, How to stop fake news).. The experiment involved 2,000 U.S. residents. Dr. Sander Van Der Linden, the lead author of the study explained, “The idea is to provide a cognitive repertoire that helps build up resistance to misinformation, so the next time people come across it they are less susceptible (Parsons, How to stop fake news).” This was a great experiment and a very necessary experiment because of the fake news and the impact it has in our society we need to figure out to stop it and to also make sure that we are
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