In this age of “fake news” and “native ads”, people are not critical enough about the information presented to them. They end up believing what they want to believe.
How do we tackle this? How do we teach our children to recognise this phenomenon? How do we give them the tools to understand and review information for themselves, lest “fake news” becomes a scourge for all time?
There are many fine examples of journalism in the world today, but we unfortunately live in an age where “fake news” and the selective acceptance or non-acceptance of “facts” is prevalent.
As such, for consumers of news, understanding what is really happening in the world today can be confusing.
Not to mention, misleading.
The downing by Soviet fighter jets of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 in 1983 was a tragic, yet fascinating story of tragedy and international politics, spanning more than a decade.
Here is a fabulous piece presenting an insight into how the beginning of this story was covered. This is reflective of just the San Francisco area at the time – at a time when journalists really were journalists.