05 Feb 2019
Fake News, the German unword of the year 2014. Not even politics is safe from it. Repeatedly the media are accused, rightly so?
„Fake News“ seems to be a relatively modern term coined by the new President of the United States as an insult for the modern press that dared to criticise him. But do you know the long and brutal practise of Fake News? For understanding Fake News, we first have to understand the history of it.
History of Fake News
In the Second World War, Fake News was known by another term, „Propaganda“. It was a tactic used by both sides of the war to faith in the public for their army and government. In fascist governments it creates the god-like myth that surrounded the key political figures of the era. In the German Nazi regime some people were put to death for spreading information that contradicted the Propaganda put out by the German Government, quite often these people were actually speaking the truth about the atrocities that the Government had committed.
Regarding this phenomenon we interviewed Klaus Kamps, professor for communication science at the School of media in Stuttgart. We asked him about the public trust in media. Is it fading? And what does Kamps expect from the future? Could Fake news be a generational problem?
Fake News in the present day
Fake News refers in modern times to the intentional dissemination of articles or traditional print media that is deliberately false. The false information is designed to make a political or public figure look better or worse depending on which side wrote the piece. It had become a serious problem in modern society due to the speed in which the information spreads online and the influence that the informations then has upon the general public.
The relevance of Fake News has grown in modern society known as the ”post-truth” world. For media outlets, the ability to attract viewers to their websites is necessary to generate online advertising revenue. If publishing a story with false content attracts users, this benefits advertisers and improves ratings. This is why it is so important to be able to recognise and understand the impact of Fake News today, in order for people to make fair and reasoned judgements on topics they must recognise when they are being fed lies and see where reputable journalists are telling the truth.
Hear about the consequences of Fake News direct from the politicians that are most affected by it:
There is a conflict between left and right winged people and their point of views differ in two directions. All in all Fake News is something that attracts everybody, not just politicans, scientist or journalists, also citizens out there. Everybody is responsible for going through the world with open eyes. It’s important to not believe everything we are hearing or reading.
Therefore, this infographic will show you five ways to recognize Fake News. Hopefully this allows you to form your own opinion on matters of the day, and not be lead astray by false reporting.
Special thanks for the support to Professor Dr. Klaus Kamps, Andreas Schumacher and Oliver Kube, Amy Pateman and Sophie-Mae Bolger.