Today, we address a highly controversial topic. The prevalence of fake news. Further, we recognize that “fake news” may be in the eyes or ears of the beholder. And that it amplifies our disagreements on hot button issues.
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A Topical Look at the Prevalence of Fake News
For a highly-respected source, we turn to Statista and author Christopher Ledsham:
‘Fake news’ refers to media pieces featuring sensationalized headlines. Placed alongside falsified images and claims. And typically used for propaganda purposes. The goal? To give the impression that they are from real news sources. The term was selection as Collins Dictionary’s official Word of the Year in 2017. And become a common day-to-day expression since.
Addressing the problem of fake news around the world, we produced six graphics that take a closer look at the topic’s perceptions in different countries. We present the core statements from various surveys and studies in a compact Instagram-friendly format. The style of the infographics, created by our graphic designer Sandy Geist, is characterized above all by a well-suited color palette. In the infographics, she limits herself to a handful of colors, rich in contrast. Thereby, drawing the viewer’s gaze purposefully through each image.
Thus, how should we differentiate between quality media sources and fake news? As a solution, Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education recommends taking the following steps in order to help distinguish real news from fake news: (1) Look closely. (2) Think for yourself. (3) Think critically. (4) Check the sources.
Below are the infographics prepared by Statista on this topic.