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We’re all capable of being news-savvy

March 1, 2013

I’m not the least bit embarrassed to admit that during my free time, I’m usually browsing the headlines on Cracked.com’s website. They write some pretty entertaining articles usually mocking the stupid things people do nowadays. But one headline recently grabbed my attention. “Five Easy Ways to Spot a B.S. News Story on the Internet” automatically seemed worth looking into. David Wong, the author, made so many valid points.

To backtrack, I come from an era where the majority of the people in my age bracket don’t watch or read the news. I know I’m guilty of this. I get my news mainly from my Facebook news feed or from my communications class, and who’s to say that the kid in the back of the class spouting off random current events is completely credible? How do I know he isn’t just scrolling through his newsfeed before class starts?

But as Wong so argued, people aren’t getting their news from credible sources, and even worse, they’re passing on that news to their friends without checking the credibility. But I suppose Wong isn’t even the most credible source. He’s a journalist, and even he admits that he found out President Obama was reelected via a Mike Tyson tweet.

But the news streaming on my Facebook feed isn’t that “newstastic” anyway. Some of it seems even less believable than a National Enquirer headline (which by the way, how are they still in business?). My newsfeed has displayed more pictures of Anne Hathaway’s scandalous Oscars dress or of my high school basketball team’s recent success in making it to state (which is totally newsworthy, am I right?). But there’s nothing of any real value trending on that newsfeed.

Ask me about the sequestration, and I can probably rattle off facts I’ve heard from others that are completely meaningless to me. I’m living in an age where I have complete access to news and information, and I’m not taking advantage of it. Susan B. Anthony would be so disappointed in the female population of today. I have all of this access, and yet, like most others, I’m letting it go to waste, living a life comparable to that of a 1950s housewife who leaves the “real world” issues to the man of the house.

The sad part is, I know more about current events than most of my peers. Granted, me clicking through Cracked’s website doesn’t give me much news, but at least I’m still somewhat looking. I’m still informed on the issues I want to be informed on. So while Cracked.com may spin current events around for their audience so they’re at least funny, my peers who are only relying on Facebook and Twitter need to know more than that Jennifer Lawrence just tripped at the Oscars, because unless you’re a part of that poor girl’s PR team, that information isn’t taking you far in life.

Cracked Article: http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-easy-ways-to-spot-b.s.-news-story-internet/

Stevie Croisant
Copy/Layout Editor

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