Object 3: A Screenshot of a fake news article written about American Senator, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
June 1, 2021
This is a screenshot of a fake news article written about American Senator, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2011. The article was re-published on Facebook and gained popularity through the media platform. It claims that she wants to impose a ban on motorcycles. This object is interesting from a Tok perspective because it raises awareness of how easy it is to create articles which communicate false information, resulting in disastrous effects for its subject.
This object enriches this exhibition because it motivates one to think about the lack of filters on the internet which separate fake news from real, highlighting the challenge that people are able to communicate false information to a large audience because of the lack of ‘security’ to create fake articles. This leaves vast amounts of people able to access untrustworthy news articles just as easily as trustworthy, fact-based accounts. This level of ease in communication across false and true news articles can be dangerous to political candidates on a personal and political level, like this one was to Ocasio-Cortez’s political agenda.
This object further enriches the exhibition by the reach that it had. This Facebook post gained 6k shares, 696 comments and 1.3k likes and dislikes combined illustrating how many people are politicly uneducated, use this post as a source of valid information, and who use this platform to spread political propaganda. This effectively underlines how the increase in access to the internet and rise in mass- communication through social media can be detrimental to the understanding of politics, causing effects in social life.
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