Media Reflection #2

This week I looked at “Meet The People Who Spend Their Free Time Removing Fake Accounts From Facebook” by Craig Silverman (BuzzFeed) and “ABC News demonstrates ‘left-wing bias’ leading up to midterms, critics say” by Brian Flood (Fox News).

I believe the first article, “Meet The People Who Spend Their Free Time Removing Fake Accounts From Facebook”, is a beneficial use of media for society. Promoting online safety to the audience, this piece informs the reader to be careful who they add as a friend on Facebook or follow on Twitter. As the author, Craig Silverman, discusses, there is a plethora of individuals who do not believe that dangerous spam accounts exist all over the web. Additionally, there is an astounding amount of impersonation accounts, in which individuals claim to be an actor or leader they admire. These accounts mislead the online masses, and can lead to dangerous online and real-world encounters if not dealt with accordingly. The two individuals who attempt to “clean up” these accounts, Kathy Kostrub-Waters and Bryan Denny, do their best to make the online world a safer, kinder place. As Silverman writes, they both often run into people who had no idea these spam accounts were possible. Therefore, with Silverman writing this article, more people may become aware of the fake, dangerous accounts that are out there. By reading this article, people may learn to identify these detrimental accounts and avoid them at all costs. In this way, the Internet becomes a truer, friendlier community which benefits all. This is one of the important goals of Silverman’s article. He did not write this article to confuse the audience, but rather to inform them. From an alternate point of view, the article may be too long, and therefore lose interest and end up confusing the reader. If the article was shorter, I believe it would be a perfect use of media.

In comparison to “Meet The People Who Spend Their Free Time Removing Fake Accounts From Facebook”, “ABC News demonstrates ‘left-wing bias’ leading up to midterms, critics say” by Brian Flood is a misleading use of media. First of all, the article is preceded by a manipulative picture of two ABC News anchors with big smiles on their faces, suggesting that they are happy with using bias in their reports. Furthermore, the article is filled with assumptions of opinions of the anchors, such as that of George Stephanopoulos. Flood highlights a quote from Stephanopoulos and tries to convince the audience that he is promoting Republican ideals based on this statement. This is very misleading. This news source should be more concerned with the facts of the upcoming election, not analyzing the beliefs of certain news anchors. This is why this article is a very poor use of media. Of course, to others, it may seem like a very worthwhile piece to read. Some individuals may believe it is important to determine the political beliefs of news anchors, and look at how these beliefs affect their stories. However, to me, this doesn’t matter at all. This article appears to me as a waste of time, and is just trying to pull views from readers.