Is it better to be uninformed or misinformed? While the internet can be informative and useful, social media users take the risk of being misinformed as soon as they log on to a social site. Seen especially during presidential campaigns, people use social media to spread information knowing that not everyone will fact check what they see.
Before Twitter and Facebook, politicians’ spinners raced to the spin room, preparing to sell their candidate’s campaign even more and explain why their candidate won the debate (even if the candidate fell flat on their face). With the increased use of the internet, spinners need to share and spin as the debates happen.
It’s important to make a first impression that will stick in order to shape how viewers see the candidates. Bias is easily formed when information is shared and viewed in a large community. Perception is key when candidates have very little to offer in their campaigns.
What about all of the on-the-spot, ready-to-go information and analyses users have access to? Let’s view the question from a political active user’s point of view. The user wants reliable information on what every politician is saying and why they’re saying it. There is a lot of information that needs to be viewed with a bit skepticism and a lot of fact checking when looking for the most reliable sources.
Don’t believe everything the internet tells you. Even entertainment is about politics – giving the masses what they want, when they want and how they want it.