It’s easy to think that if you were just reading news that you only need to read it straight. You’d go from the headline all the way to the content and to the bottom of the piece. According to this mindset, you just put together everything that you’ve read and you can quickly lead to a conclusion. It’s as simple as getting from point A to point B.
Unfortunately, this is wishful thinking. As you probably already know, there is a tremendous amount of fake news going around. This is due to the fact that people love to share stuff on social media. It would be great if people actually went through the time, effort and bother of reading whatever it is they’re about to share but unfortunately, they don’t do that. No such luck. Seriously.
If you look at somebody consume content on Facebook, you would know why. They would just basically scroll through their timeline and then they would click the like button from time to time or they would click share. That’s all they do. In fact, they would scan through at least several dozen news items in the span of a few minutes.
Given this reality, it’s very easy for fake news to slip through. It’s very easy to become part of the global fake news or hoax news problem. You only need to share one item and if it has a very attention-grabbing headline and most of them do, you can bet that other people in your friend list would share that material as well and their friends would share and on and on it goes until everybody gets dumber and dumber.
This is why it’s really important to read French news responsibly so you don’t become part of the problem. How do you do this? Well, first of all, if the title appeals to sex or appeals to emotions, be very suspicious. Click on the heading and actually read the first paragraph. The good news is you can scan through the first paragraph. If something seems off or it seems too good to be true, you know somebody’s pulling your leg and you probably have no business sharing that piece of information.
Keep that in mind. Otherwise, you’d become part of the problem and the fake news issue basically just keeps proliferating itself and it gets worse and worse until it becomes a full-on assault on global intelligence. The worst part to all of this is you help make it happen.
A quick note on avoiding bias
To make sure you are reading unbiased news-regardless of the language of the text of the news-you need to look at three factors. First, pay attention to the headline. Is it loaded? Does it already have a conclusion? Next, pay attention to the emotional tone of the text. Is it loaded with emotionally biased words when more neutral words would have done a better job conveying the same ideas. Finally, is there a kicker. Was there some important piece of information that could have been put at the top of the news item? Be on the lookout for all of these!