In search of ‘James Galan’: How seemingly fake social media accounts permeate Alberta politics

 

This article focuses around a fake Facebook account under the name ‘James Galan’, but the articles resonates with me because of its bigger picture: using a lie to manipulate others to do something. When the people dicovered that James Galan wasn’t a real person, CBC News began to do more extensive research on his background and Facebook friends. They did this because James Galan had put himself at the center of many political arguments, and no one had any idea what he was. He also supported the ideas of people whose accounts were created hours before they post. James Galan was a powerful person, because he hid behind a fake name. He posed as a person he knew everyone could trust, a ‘friend’, because if he is seen as a peer, maybe more people will agree with what he says. He posted so often that he was even mentioned in a post by a politician. This article defines the line between friends on social media and friends in real life. The fake accounts he creates builds another sort of deception: society has been known to succumb to peer pressure, and when one person poses as many people with the same opinion, people can be deceived into doing the same thing and believing it is right. This is like untrustworthy surveys, which can lie or manipulate about who believes what, convincing people to use a product or change their lifestyle.

 

Manchester Arena: 2 rules to sort truth from fiction in an attack’s confusing aftermath

 

               This article concerns people manipulating the emotions of other people to achieve their own desires, and in a different context, can apply to many things. I see this type of emotional manipulation as another way to alter and influence the scores of surveys. By making people feel better about themselves through surveys with carefully-worded questions, or the opposite; making them feel guilty, a survey can marginally alter the votes and them use them to advertise differently. This article also advises us to correctly check our facts, which can be imperative to not only how we take surveys, but our safety. According to the previous article, because the people who post their coax claims on social media could be anyone hiding behind a screen, we can never know the true means that these people peruse. Whether for terrorist reasons, or those of hubris, its always important to check our facts before encouraging or giving attention to these sorts of claims.

 

Lies, propaganda and fake news: A challenge for our age

 

The excepts from this article address the careful way that advertising and surveys are altered to fit the needs of people. Will Moy says that millions of people can see advertising from a singular source, and a million others can see something completely different. Google preference can use our history to discover our political views, hobbies, and likes. Looking up the recipe for salsa can lead us to advertisements of avocado, which is helpful, but can also be dangerous. If a company that does surveys known which people have which views, they can send their surveys to specific people to get the results they desire. Different areas have different political views, depending on the type of people that live in them. More and more often people are choosing to believe everything they see due to deceptive format, but this article warns us to continue learning, continue questioning, and continue fact-checking.