What's Up With People And Fake News?

What's Up With People And Fake News?

When a stranger found out I was studying journalism, everything took a turn.


Recently, I was standing outside of a restaurant waiting for it open for brunch, when this seemingly nice man came to wait for the doors to open as well. We exchanged pleasantries and talked about Atlanta United winning the MLS Championship. However, when he found out I was studying journalism, everything took a turn.

Granted, I am used to being talked at about fake news, alternative facts, and how the media is biased, but this time it was something different. The man had respect for journalists, just not in your ordinary way.

He was talking about how journalism is a respectable career but that current journalists aren't doing it justice. He talked about how he sees Russia controlling our media and how journalists are not doing their due diligence to make sure everything they are posting is real.

This made me think. I am used to being told about how liberal and anti-Trump the American media is (except Fox, of course. All my haters love Fox News), but do more than just this man think that the media is not truly digging for facts and checking to make sure they are true? I'd never heard before that American journalists are doing Russia's dirty work.

As someone who wants to be the future of journalism, I think every day about how to fix the "fake news" world that we live in today, but if people truly think that the media does not work hard to bring true facts (I know all facts should be true, but in today's world I feel the need to differentiate between alternative facts and true facts) to the consumers, then how should journalism change this?

With every article, package, broadcast, Instagram post, etc. should media outlets have to post the steps they went through and evidence found to show that the story is truthful? Should media outlets have to make sure they are able to prove that the facts did not come from Russia by having a bibliography like my 10th grade English essays?

Journalism is only as useful as long as those consuming believe it. Obviously, at least one man does not believe that is reported as being Russian propaganda, so there have to be more.

Because of this one conversation before my mediocre brunch, I will forever change the way that I think of journalism and the way I go about producing my content. I am in journalism to inform the people, but if I am not believed then what is the point of even trying to do this job? It is insane how life can change just because of a bump in with someone who does not think the way you do.

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50 Disney Quotes For The Perfect Instagram Caption

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So you have that perfect picture. The lighting is perfect. You are accomplishing the perfect "candid laugh." You even have your hair and makeup done for the first time in forever. It is the perfect picture. But wait. Now you need the perfect caption. Well don't worry any longer. I have compiled a list of Disney quotes to really capture that perfect Instagram moment.

1. "Hakuna Matata, it means no worries, for the rest of your days." (Lion King)

2. "This child is getting wildly out of wing." (Lion King)

3. "It's a world full of laughter, a world full of tears." (It's a Small World)

4. "Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?" (The Little Mermaid)

5. "Floating in a blue lagoon." (The Little Mermaid)

6. "Yo ho, haul together, hoist the colors high." (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End)

7. "How lovely it would be if could I lived in my fantasy." (Cinderella)

8. "Reach for the sky." (Toy Story)

9. "Just keep swimming." (Find Nemo)

10. "Even miracles take a little time." (Cinderella)

11. "If you live to be 100, I want to live to be 100 minus a day so I never have to live without you." (Winnie the Pooh)

12. "The flower that blooms in adversity, is the most rare and beautiful of all." (Mulan)

13. "But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you will learn things you never knew." (Pocahontas)

14. "It's like I always say, your majesty, children got to be free to live their own lives." (The Little Mermaid)

15. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, either you can even run from it or learn from it." (Lion King)

16. "He can fly! He can fly! He flew!" (Peter Pan)

17. "I can show you the world, shining, shimmering, splendid." (Alladin)

18. "Legs are required for jumping, dancing." (The Little Mermaid)

19. "Do you want to build a snowman?" (Frozen)

20. "It's time to see what I can do, test the limits and break through." (Frozen)

21. "The bare necessities of life will come to you." (Jungle Book)

22. "For it is plain as anyone can see, we are simply meant to be." (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

23. "Can you feel the love tonight?" (Lion King)

24. "I know you, I've walked with you once upon a dream." (Sleeping Beauty)

25. "I look at you, and I'm home." (Finding Nemo)

26. "How do you spell love? You don't spell it, you feel it." (Winnie the Pooh)

27. "You are my greatest adventure." (Up)

28. "Wouldn't you think I'm the girl, the girl who has everything?" (The Little Mermaid)

29. "I know every rock and tree and creature has a life, has a spirit, has a name." (Pocahontas)

30. "I'll think of a mermaid lagoon, underneath a magic moon." (Peter Pan)

31. "Don't let them in, Don't let them see. Be the good girl you always have to be." (Frozen)

32. "A whole new world. A new fantastic point of view." (Alladin)

33. "I am one with the wind and sky." (Frozen)

34. "Tranquil as a forest, but on fire within." (Mulan)

35. "I'll be there someday. I can go the distance, I will find my way if I can be strong." (Hercules)

36. "It's the circle of life and it moves us all." (Lion King)

37. "Two worlds, one family." (Tarzan)

38. "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." (Mary Poppins)

39. "I'm working on my roar." (Lion King)

40. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)

41. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." (Beauty and the Beast)

42. "To infinity and beyond." (Toy Story)

43. "Most everyone's mad here. (Alice in Wonderland)

44. "Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten." (Lilo and Stitch)

45. "Some people are worth melting for." (Frozen)

46. "I was hiding under the porch because I love you." (Up)

47. "I'm a damsel. I'm in distress. I can handle this." (Hercules)

48. "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and then snap, a job's a game!" (Mary Poppins)

49. "To laugh yourself is to love yourself." (Mickey Mouse)

50. "Fairy tales can come true. You gotta make them happen, it all depends on you." (The Princess and the Frog)

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In A World Where Connection Is Easier Than Ever, Why Are We So Alone?

Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facetime, SMS. What about BFFs?


Today I walked to class with my phone in my backpack. With my eyes not being occupied by a screen, I noticed maybe the saddest sight. Almost every single person I passed had their neck hunched over with their eyes glued to their smartphone. I could not help myself but think how many connections an average person misses in a day due to being preoccupied with social media.

As Millennials, we are addicted to our smart devices. Bless the generation after us, they don't stand a chance. Anytime we feel alone or uncomfortable we escape to our "safe place." However, this escape is what is causing us to feel so alone even while being surrounded by common nature people. There are countless people that I follow on Instagram that I have never said a word to in person. I actually sat alone with one of my ghost Instagram friends and was too afraid to say hey. I like her pictures, she likes mine, but what if she did not recognize me and just thought I was a complete weirdo?

So, if I feel uncomfortable talking to someone that I found through social media, what is our smartphone really connecting us to? Our smartphones and social media apps connect us to the idea of a group of people. It is a great way to keep you up to date on friends and family who live across the country, and it is a great way to feel closer to your favorite actress or YouTube couple. But at what cost? While keeping us closer to people far away from us, social media apps are pulling us further away from someone you sit directly next to.

So where do we go from here? We put down the smartphone.

What? Outrageous!

I know, but the only way for us to reconnect as humans is to put our technology on silent. Literally and metaphorically. As a world, we are corrupted with this idea of a perfect relationship, the perfect lifestyle, the perfect pet, the perfect body, the perfect GPA, a perfect life (#Goals). When in reality, life is far from perfect. We fear the thought of showing any signs of weakness or variability. Variability is the way humans connect, hello empathy. As a kid, I remember going out to the backyard and playing "lava" on the playset or picking up a stick and pretending it was a sword. Now kids grab an IPad and sit on the couch. They do not have to use their imagination because it is being played out in front of them. We are the only ones who can stop this zombie apocalypse of smartphone drones from happening. So, what are you going to do? Will, you put the smartphone down?

Thrive On!

Ephesians 5:21

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