Newspaper Article On Critical Thinking

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You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. WHEN THE GUARDIAN notification pinged on my phone around 11pm on Monday night, reporting a serious incident at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, the first thing I did was access the rolling news report on the app. Years of following Spurs and having my heart broken by ITK (In the Know) accounts claiming huge transfer deals have made me cynical.

At that stage there was very little to accurately report, so the Guardian had scant information available. However I decided that with this being a breaking story, Twitter’s immediacy may prove useful.

Newspapers and television news outlets have been guilty of showing their editorial bias a bit too much as well.

The difference is that the 24 hour news cycle means there is an overwhelming amount of information out there and it never stops flowing.

Anybody can adopt a negative position to any point of view simply by saying "no" but this is not being critical, more often than not this is simply being awkward.

In this era of so called 'alternative facts' it has never been more important to question our sources of information.

The fake reports of missing persons using photos of people who weren’t in the UK, let alone Manchester are appalling and the posters need their heads examined and their phones crushed underfoot.

But social media is where young people get their news The crux of the issue is that social media is where the majority of children, adolescents and young adults get their information today. As a young journalist at a national radio station during the 2012 Olympics, I hastily wrote a post for the station’s website about Barrack Obama’s tweet congratulating Katie Taylor on her gold medal. There was an element of competition, in wanting to be the first with the story, which led to me writing the story without verifying it.

Trolls posting fake reports It was a useful exercise alright, but not in the way I had hoped.

Lurking among the heartfelt outpourings of worry and grief for potential victims at the Manchester Evening News Arena were trolls posting fake reports, which scared and anxious Twitter users were then proliferating.


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