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As time moves on, our access to information increases. This has been shown throughout history from early innovation like the printing press to modern technology like the internet. In our Truth About Lying Class, we discussed the distinguishment between media and journalism as well as how these two have evolved over time. In a recent study, a bunch of college students took a poll of where they gain most of their new from with options such as social media, television, newspaper/print, radio, none or people directly. 86% of the students voted social media being their primary way of receiving news. It makes sense because unlike the newspaper or television, social media is a faster and more efficient way to access quick information from news outlets directly and from people who share articles. Most people share articles on Facebook, which has not only become a social network but a platform for people to share relevant news or articles that represent their interest and what message they want to put out. The people who share these articles become ambassadors for this information. As this seems like a very convenient way to share and receive information, the knowledge that is being spread may not be the best quality as you would receive from more established sources such as the newspaper. Facebook has the feature of sharing direct links to websites so anybody can share anything whether its bias or balanced, relevant or irrelevant. This is supported in the article “Who Shared It” on the American Press Institute. They conducted a study to shows that shared news articles have a large influence on whether people trust what they see. About half of the 1489 participants could recall who had shared the article but about 1 in 10 could remember the source of the article. This experiment has revealed new information on how the media and journalist should think about credibility, and how news is perceived on social networks.

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