Almost always we just refer to one single information source, whether for millennials is Twitter and Facebook, for baby boomers could be TV news and newspaper, and for Z generation they might video content posted in Instagram, Snapchat and different media apps. (Greenslade, 2015)
Usually you obtain the information and never look up more to prove if it is real or if the author is misleading some sort of information. When news producers or researchers publish any information, they often select what to report and how they report it, to make it catchy for the consumer.
By doing this selection and adaptation they can get to mislead what they are informing about.
Some of the usual errors researchers and content producers fall in, and us as consumers could believe when they might not be true are:
When finding startling news, we should have a critical reading to find out if the information is real or if the publication is pointing out something with another intention.
For example, in the article “Internet Surpasses Television as Main News Source for Young Adults” https://wow.serverfreak.com/2011/internet-main-news-source/ Published in the internet WOW website (Peters, 2011) explain how the internet surpasses television as a main news source. The research declares that the Internet has become the main national and international news source for people ages 18 to 29. The research was conducted among 1,500 adults from different age groups.
In this report, we can find different common errors from the listed before, or maybe we can’t see the complete research where it might have more information.
In this case, the errors we can find right away are the samples with the built-in bias since only 1,500 adults participated from a certain area where the study was conducted. Also, we don’t know if the study is statistical significant since it doesn’t show the complete information.
In my critical analysis I open some doubts about the validity of this information such as:
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Greenslade, R. (2015, July 22). How the different generations consume their daily news... Retrieved from The Guardian news: https://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2015/jul/22/how-the-different-generations-consume-their-daily-news
Peters, M. (2011). Internet Surpasses Television as Main News Source for Young Adults. Retrieved from WOW: https://wow.serverfreak.com/2011/internet-main-news-source/
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