IS FAKE NEWS A NEW GENRE?

Editorial cartoon by Ed Rompal

Where is it coming from? All we know is that fake news is having its time in our space.

Last week, Senator Grace Poe’s committee on public information held a hearing on fake news proliferating social media platforms. Without mentioning names here, most popular bloggers invited to the hearing belong to the Generation Z. These bloggers boldly and daringly, to the point of haughtiness, ingenuity, and superiority, spread what is considered as fabricated and spurious news.  Some call it entitlement.

Generational expert Michael Wood, a principal at 747 Insights blogsite, called Gen Z members as "millennials on steroids" who have exceeded the generation before them in being more opinionated and wearing blinders on what they believe as their own version of truth.

What more? These young bloggers have gone very politically involved, discriminatory, judgmental and progressive in their views. It does not necessarily follow, though, that they receive monetary favors. For them, the considerable and munificent attention they get, like thousands of following on social media, is enough to keep them driven and on high post. Like drugs, motivation gets triggered with sharing of their posts by followers, also qualified as fans, minions, or supporters.

Asinine arrogance gets the better of these particular millennial bloggers as if their world is now in their fingertips with their kind of truth: Fake News. 

What we brand as fake news is a deliberate twisting of information with the intention to damage an individual or an institution. With just a click of a finger, these bloggers have thrown the information to the universe. Even if they issue an erratum for a deliberate “mistake”, already, the recent posting has definitely shaped opinions and can no longer be undone.

The arena for discourse on a misguided posting has been opened and no amount of apology can reverse it. It can also be that viewers of their former posts will no longer pass that way again.

With this new genre dominating virtual communities, we can only shiver with the thought of what the quality of the mindset of our future generation will be like.   

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