I had the privilege of taking an independent study course at the University of Florida that focused on the state of democracy in an increasingly digital world. We explored how different forms of media and technology impacted politics, conversations online and off, and whether these advancements helped or hurt the drive for positive social change.
My final project for the class was a collection of interviews with students and experts on their definition of "Fake News" and how they believe it is affecting society and how — if at all — fake news could be stopped.
This interview is with rhetorician Dr. Emily Rine Butler. She explains why unstandardized use of the term "Fake News" damages the way we debate, perceive news and behave on and offline.
We tried to showcase the difference between student and professional opinion of fake news and its impacts on communications, democracy and society. It's a quick read with some interesting insight, especially for those in the communications industry. I'm proud of the work my project partner and I did here and I absolutely recommend checking it out!
The full project can be found here.
Some additional snippets from the project below: