When we think of the jobs that we could perform as a career, we tend to think of the positions that are well-paid or which are in some way connected to our passion. But there’s another consideration that could play a role in the decision: the impact that your work will have on the world. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the world is facing some unique challenges that must be overcome if we’re going to build a future that’s prosperous for all. You don’t want to spread fake news.
One of the biggest problems in the modern world has been the rise of fake news, which has taken many experienced institutions by surprise. Indeed, the extent of fake news is such that it has likely had an impact on various democratic elections across the world. And this, of course, is undemocratic. It’s important to remember that if you have an influence, you must use it wisely and only spread the truth and hopefully positive things.
Yet while we can all agree that fake news is an issue, how to get rid of it is a more complicated issue. The defense against the rise of fake news will need to be multi-pronged; governments, the media, and the big internet companies will all need to play an important role. But no matter what they do, there’ll always be fake images and news that makes it through. As such, perhaps the best defense is teaching citizens how to spot fake news; if they can see it, then the influence will reduce significantly.
This is where social media companies can come in really useful, from banning Donald Trump on their platforms to stop the spread. They can also ban certain sites from being posted on the website.
On the front line of this education will be librarians. Check out the infographic below to see how they can help.
Infographic by University of Southern California University of Southern California
*This is a contributed post