Blog #5

For my fifth blog post I am writing about the difference between journalism and the media. These two are extremely similar but at the end of the day are different from each other. Journalism is classified in a statement from G. Stuart Adam as a method of capturing and examining the events happening all around the globe and as they occur. There is belief that journalism is media-dependent, which makes perfect sense. People aren’t reading the newspapers as much anymore. The internet is the #1 source of information and everybody around the world has access to it. A person in China can access the same website as a person in America, but for newspapers, that isn’t the case. The internet is a beautiful way for people to get there ideas across, but also holds more bias then the newspapers would. Now does this mean that newspapers will suddenly no longer be a form of information? Most likely not. I believe that the paper industry and newspaper corporations will shrink and of course not be as big, but will still be in work. People like having a choice and variety on how they find there information. One person might like waking up to there phone, while another enjoys walking to the end of there street to get the mail and start reading. Digital and Paper are extremely different and people choose one or the other for many different reasons. As Adam says in his interview, there will always be a demand for new media and journalism because things are constantly happening around the country/world. Now with the Internet being so popular and widely used, anybody can post there opinions without any type of publication or reliability. At the end of the day, the Internet has fake news and there is no way of getting around it! The only way to figure out what news is truthful, one must research and find credible sources. There will always be bias in news and reports, but the more research one conducts, the more informed they’ll be on the situation. If one reads 10 articles of the same story that comes form 10 different news stations, they can dictate which parts of the story probably happened, and which ones are stretched out. Both media and journalism fall under the same concept of getting stories out to the people, but dictating which of those stories are credible is the real challenge.

Fishbowl leader Questions

  1. In “The Common Good” Polls tell us that the Majority of American’s today believe we are losing our own national identity.  (If you believe) What do you believe America’s national identity is, and why are we losing it?

2) In “The Common Good” it says that we should never “Normalize public Lying”. (Elected official, scientists, etc.) In this day and age with social media (fake news)  and other mass communication platforms (Media Bias) , is public lying is normalized?

3) Machiavelli states that ” Princes who do great things, keep their words of little count, and have known to captivate others through deception and shrewdness”. Is it easier to persuade someone with the truth or a lie?

4) Standardized and other Benchmark exams (SOL’s, SAT’s) have made students more worried about getting an A then actually understanding a concept. What can education systems do to make there students feel like they’re learning valuable information?

5) With divorce rates at 50% and, the statistic of 92% of individuals admitting they have lied to there significant other, (Lying to the one you love reading) does monogamy and true love seem unrealistic in this day and age? and will our generation add to this statistic or take away from it?

Blog #4

For this weeks Blog post I am writing about Donald Trump’s file on lying. In this piece of work, we see many statements made by President Trump and also are given a percentage of how many lies he has told since elected. This article is extremely informative and biased towards Donald Trump and the things that he has said to the American people. We can conclude that whoever made this article is most likely on the left side of the political spectrum. Regardless of the bias and obvious slander towards Donald Trump, the article provides many pieces of evidence that show how many times President Trump has lied to the American people. The percentages are broken down into how much of a lie president Trump told while making a statement. It shows statements that are anywhere from “True” to “Pants on Fire”. out of the 100%, 34% of Trump’s statements were deemed “False” while 21% deemed “Mostly False”. These percentages show that about 55% of what Trump says, is either mostly, or definitely false. This is a scary percentage considering that our President is supposed to be the most trusted person in the country. This isn’t the first time that there has been research and context of President Trump lying to the American people. He has been closely watched by the media and has been under fire ever since he came into office. Yes, President Trump has lied and been caught doing so, but also has done good things for the country as well. This shows how influential and extreme the media can be. This website is very effective in showing how often the president lies to the people. Whoever created it did a fine job at making sure it put President Trump under hot water. It is good to have website and people who are always willing to tell the people the truth. If there weren’t people constantly checking and making sure that the president was doing his job, a lot of things would go unnoticed. The media is extremely influential and when the story is told right, it can persuade thousands of people to think a certain way. The more reputable the site, the more people will believe what they are reading.

CT Prompts – In class writing Post

4 ) The ethical  implications of de-platforming conspiracy theories are very broad. For one, once someone or something gets attention, it becomes more prevalent that something will get more attention. For example, Alex Jones was widely recognized by a platform, then they all ended up catching on and giving him an ultimate ban. This provides closure for the government in ensuring that the American people weren’t being brainwashed from an extremist. I can also see the argument against it, as he has the right to free speech and is able to post whatever he pleases. In my mind, I think that it was a good idea that he was banned on all forms of social media. His name screams “Conspiracy theory” so when people read his tweets, they are more inclined to believe in some crazy theory that Mr. Jones was able to come up and talk about. Factors that come to play are wether or not they’re hurting the American government, hurting an individual, or promoting violence or hate. These are factors that definitely come into play when dealing with conspiracy theorists and the theories they make to the public.

Blog #3

For my blog post #3 I am talking about conspiracy theories, what they are, and why people believe in them. This week we have been working on conspiracy theories and debunking them as we learn more about them. A conspiracy theory is a “belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event.” Conspiracy theories were once big, broad subjects on things but now have dispersed themselves into many different types of theories from many different types of people. The internet and social media platforms have been big influencers on conspiracy theories. Anybody can make a statement, or prediction and post it onto the inter web. Pop culture is also a big factor in the progression of conspiracy theories. Movies, Television, and the influence from famous artists and actors make the theories that more believable to the public. In “Why do so many people believe in conspiracy theories”, It is talked about how our sense of randomness is based more on how hard it is to mentally encode something, not how objectively random it is. In one experiment, people who saw patterns in a random series of coin flips were more likely to believe in an irrational experimenter-designed conspiracy theory. This shows that it is very easy for a lot of people to believe conspiracy theories. Although the percentage rate of people who believe in these theories rests about under 6%, this still accounts for millions of people who are easily fooled into believing something that isn’t there. People become so lost in the idea of our government being against us, or a secret society that rules over our government that they forget these are just theories. None of these things have been proven and there isn’t any type of proving evidence in these theories. Therefore, the American people should most likely stick to what we learn in school rather then what we see on the internet.

Blog #2

For my blog post this week I have chosen Serota & Levine’s “A few Prolific Liars”. This article stood out to me because of the intensity and reasoning on why certain people lie. Many scholars believe that lying is frequent and people lie everyday. In the article I was very interested in the concept of Truth Bias. “Truth bias is the tendency to believe that a sender is telling the truth independent of the message’s actual veracity”. A lot of people believe that most people will be truthful to them, when this really isn’t the case. From the articles we have read, we know that people on average lie about once per day. What I want to know is what makes people lie more than once a day? Is it genetic, or do these people acquire these traits? We know that the base rate variation for everyday liars is small, but the base rates for the prolific liars can be very different. How do you track if people are lying? DePaulo conducted an experiment that had a small sample of students, and a small sample of people from the community near by. DePaulo tested out the amount of times each group lied per day. He noted that younger people tend to lie more than older people, and it is more common for women to lie when being one on one with another women. Now, this may seem deceitful that the statistics show people lie everyday, but al lot of these lies are to help or protect relationships. 80.1% of everyday liars say they lie to save someone’s feelings from being hurt, and another 70.3% of people do it to protect people. Is it anybody’s right to keep something from another person? Should another person be the decider of wether or not you know the truth? The morality behind these questions differs from person to person, but I believe that prolific liars may not be as bad as they’re se tout to be. Most people are looking to keep relationships sturdy, and boost confidence from the people around them. It is very hard to dictate wether or not a lie is for the better or worse. This comes back to the character and morals of the person who is deciding wether or not to lie. I do believe that most people lie because they think they’re doing another person justice, but at the end of the day nobody knows whats going on in other people’s heads. So i believe that eternal truth and being honest is always the best policy. I really enjoyed this reading and am looking forward to learning more about these types of topics!

Blog #1

For this post I have decided to go over Bok’s “Is the Whole Truth Attainable”. This reading was very interesting and opened up my mind to many different ways of describing “truth”. The whole truth is not attainable, and to find the “whole truth” is just out of reach. To be able to break down different ways of attaining truth, one must known about the difference between truth and falsity, and also be aware of morals and obligations of people. I was extremely interested in the question of wether one’s intended statement is to mislead another person. I had never thought about it this way but it had definitely opened my mind to the mechanics behind the moral basis of truth and lie. It made me realize that lying is rooted from personality and the way people’s minds work. It made me realize that lying is a sort of predetermined aspect in ones life even if they aren’t thinking about it at the time. It almost becomes habitual for individuals to lie in scenarios because that’s  just how they are. A quote from the article that really caught my attention was “Any number of appearances and words can mislead us; but only a fraction of them are intended to do so. A mirage may deceive us, through no one’s fault.” Why do certain humans try to justify when a lie is committed? What i mean by this is people are quick to making conclusions before even knowing what all the details are. For instance, a person has bias and different perception then the person next to them. Everybody is custom to there own beliefs, so why do some people think others lie on purpose, while others can accept that a person is just ignorant in the matter. Not all lies are deceiving, even though some people may think they are. Is this a personality trait? or does it have to do with things linked to a persons past? These questions can only be figured out by personally talking to an individual and going back into their past. Are people born with the trait of deception already inside there DNA? or is it acquired through experience? I am very interested to learn more about this and try and figure out an answer to these unsolved questions.

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