The Long And Brutal History Of Fake News

924 WordsFeb 16, 20174 Pages
In today’s society, author of “Low Definition in Higher Education” Lyell Asher explains how students tend to find a shortcut to get their school work done as painlessly as possible. These students then become predisposed to carry this ideality throughout their entire life. As a result, it becomes more and more difficult for them to immediately decipher whether or not the media or the people around you speak the truth and nothing but the truth. Yet, others continue to believe the first thing they hear without further research on the subject matter. Author Jacob Soll’s discusses this phenomenon in his article, “The Long and Brutal History of Fake News”. Soll providesan insight on the continuing existence of fraudulent news reportings…show more content…
This confines these students’ way of thinking to a finite limit. Subsequently, once these students graduate and move on to start their career and a life of independence, they remain to have the same inclinations from their experiences as college students. Asher explains these inclinations as a way out of bewilderment, meaning that there is “no need to bother with complexities and intention- it says here that ‘impact’ is what matters” (Asher 2). This way of thinking occurs with people who have assumptions about others from the color of their skin, their gender, sexuality, and religion. Especially with the advancements of technology, it becomes more and more convenient for these kinds of people to find shortcuts. As the world creates effortless ways to accomplish a task, people become lazier. People tend to immediately believe the stories they read and hear; even if the stories lack the truth. The current advancements of technology make it very simple for the media to create copious amounts of fake news. In Soll’s article he discloses a revelation about the media’s relentless over fabrication of the truth. Surprisingly enough, fake news dated back 500 years ago, alongside the invention of the printing press. Soll discusses an incident from 1475 about a simple disappearance of a toddler that spontaneously resulted into a vindictive massacre of the Jewish community. All because of a Franciscan preacher, giving a
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