The 21st century has brought with it a surge in access to information, but unfortunately much of this information is false. Fake news has become increasingly rampant, making it difficult for many to distinguish between truth and fiction. This poses an immense threat to the democratic process, as citizens need access to accurate information to make informed decisions.
For many, social media has become something of an addiction, with people spending upwards of 11-16 hours a day consuming media content. This leaves them with almost no time for critical evaluation or fact-checking, leading to confusion regarding what is real and what isn’t. To make matters worse, mainstream media outlets often prioritize spectacle over truth and accuracy which further confuses the public about what to believe.
In light of this issue, a documentary film shot and produced by students aims to shed light on the prevalence of fake news and its negative effects on democracy. The film provides an urgent need for media literacy education in order to give citizens the tools they need to identify reliable information sources that they can trust. People must be able to understand where their news comes from and how it affects their political decisions in order for democracy to function properly.
It’s now more important than ever that we take the time out of our days to critically assess any news stories that come our way so that we can ensure we are staying informed about real world events without being taken advantage of by fake news sites or sensationalized headlines. Watching this documentary will help you gain a better understanding of the threat posed by fake news and equip yourself with the skills needed for discerning fact from fiction. Don’t miss out on this powerful piece of film-making; watch it now!