(This is a 3 paragraph reflection on 3 topics. It is for my Math 9 Honours class.)

3 Paragraph Reflection:

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/calgary/fake-facebook-accounts-calgary-alberta-politics-1.4128312 -This article affects me because this happens very regularly, to many people of different ages. Whether it is to take part in a political discussion or to bully someone online, many people hide behind their fake accounts, thinking that it is no strings attached. People in the community are automatically exposed to vulnerability when signing up for a social media account, because they don’t really know who is behind the page. Not to mention, that even though people are always warned not to accept requests from people you don’t know personally, many people still do it whether intentionally or unintentionally. The risk is always present. For individuals like the ones stated (James Galan), they are hiding behind a web page to express their opinion. It is unsure where this person is from and no one could pinpoint exactly who he was and what he was trying to do. I am affected by this article, because every time I am on the web, I have to be careful for people like James Galan that could present themselves as someone, but actually be someone else.

http://globalnews.ca/news/3470831/manchester-arena-2-rules-to-sort-truth-from-fiction-in-an-attacks-confusing-aftermath/?utm_source=Article&utm_medium=EditorsPick&utm_campaign=2015 -This article affects me because teenagers get a lot of their information from social media. As a social media user, it is hard to sometimes differentiate in between truthful and untruthful news. To some, it is important how many retweets they get or how many people read/like their post. To others in the situation, this seems very grotesque and irresponsible because there are people living through that moment right now. Topics like these usually trigger conversation like “How did someone get someone else’s pictures” or “Why hasn’t anyone realised that this is fake”, but the truth is that these post can be very persuasive. Usually, people wouldn’t joke about someone’s death, however, occasionally we get one person that thinks it’s ok and starts a chain reaction of retweets. I am affected by this article, because as a social media user I have to figure out which information I can believe and which I should just leave alone.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170301-lies-propaganda-and-fake-news-a-grand-challenge-of-our-age -These excerpts affect not only me but the rest of the world too. Since anyone has access to social media, it makes it extremely easy to post any information you want, not considering the fact that it might be completely fake or mistaken. On social media, it starts with one person creating the lie and the others spreading it further and further, until it reaches many corners of the earth. Sadly, not all information gets out and is recognized to the same extent as others. After each share or retweet, the viewers filter what they think is important. This makes it completely inaccurate to which information reaches recognition and which doesn’t. Advertisements are created for free therefore their credibility could be zero. These three specific

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