• Dr. Anna

Whose Views?

Facts, for a large group of people, consist of information passed along in 2018 largely via the Internet as news or blogs. We can compile a list of the variety of modes by which we learn of significant developments in the world. For the sports enthusiast, the fan page for your favorite team feeds you data, quotes and information from the team’s stars. This type of page is limited in its vantage point to a largely positive spin. On the other hand, you can consult a sports-related blog or mainstream media article for unbiased, critical views of the true state of the team.

An example of how viral misinformation chains arise centers on the discussion surrounding politics and the media. The substance of coverage of an event or quote largely depends on the left, right or center perspective of the writer. An event or a statement might be fully covered, partially covered or not covered at all based on the writer’s perspective. The interpretation of one quote might take on many forms. A video of the event or quote might help, but an edited video tells disparate stories, partial truths and leads to misinterpretations. Lastly, commercial news and information can be limited by the agenda of the writer and filtered through the writer’s lens. At times, politics and social views even skew the reporting of economic news. The perspective can be colored by locational (East Coast vs. Midwest) or economic (income level) perspectives.