Data Analysis Reflection

Article #1:

This article illustrates the use of fake social media accounts. These specific cases are related to the political world in which these articles are used to persuade and overall bully others into following their beliefs. These accounts are used when someone wants to go unnoticed but in the undercover form of a supreme leader. They allow this individual to share their message without having their face/image attached to the consequences. Many choose to use stock photos to try and cover their tracks. What they possibly don’t realize or if they are doing it intentionally, it is simply wrong, is that these fake accounts can hurt not only the carrer of many but the rest of their lives.

Article #2:

An article as such illustrates the importance of slow news. We need to take the time as journalists to give the correct news and not the news we primarily assume. In cases like these it can mean the difference between stating that someone is dead or alive, not whether Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are back together or not. I do not understand the logic behind posting a missing person image when it is entirely fake. It is a serious matter for those affected and it is not something we should be using social media to perform. Unfortunately, there are cases where these posts are intentionally fake and used to target individuals and put the spotlight on them.

Article #3:

This last article speaks about how social media can be used for (political) advertising and then deleted at the push of a button. Instead of having face to face debates we are using these different formats to share our thoughts. People can influence others without having to give reasons other than the name attached to the account. It also illustrates how people can target individuals for their skin colour, race and or religion again by the push of a button. We are able to hide behind our screens and discriminate against millions in a matter of seconds. We need to remember to use social media for good and not for reasons of hurting one another to help ourselves or our campaigns.

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