Staff editorial by Christian Guerithault ’14 & Charles Dominguez ’14
The Issue: People are not digesting information they receive from media responsibly.
Our Stance: Checking multiple sources to filter out false information is almost always necessary.
In a generation characterized primarily by technology and digital media, informing one’s opinion with the right information requires a certain level of finesse.
The sheer amount of information available today alone marks an unprecedented societal feat.
Never before have we been able to have such a vast amount of knowledge at our disposal. However, this ease of access to information does come at a cost.
As a result of this availability, many look to the media to answer almost all of their questions, such as “How tall is Mt. Rushmore?” or “How do I solve this math problem?”
While this is generally inconsequential, a big problem arises when many begin to inform themselves based off of incredibly skewed information.
The big issue is the fact that a lot of people do not check their sources and therefore are given false information.
This problem is prominent for anybody who looks up information for anything.
People should not have to search multiple sources just to see if one source of media is correct or not. This is, however, the price we pay for the convenience we are allotted by technology.
Fortunately there are ways of getting the right information and knowing when one receives the right information.
The most important thing is that people need to digest media responsibly.
Students in our community have all faced this problem.
It is extremely prominent for young people to feel like they should be able to trust the media and know what is right or wrong.
An increase of usage of social media websites is leading to more false information that is being digested by the general public.
A lot of people get their news strictly from various social media outlets and the information just cannot be trusted.
Checking multiple sources to make sure that the right information is being obtained is necessary to avoid receiving false information.