Interpretation

Media content is a product that is produced to make a profit and is used by people to fulfill their needs.  We select different types of media content based on our own dispositions and circumstances and we are also affected by that content in many ways, including how we interpret or perceive reality.

One issue with new media is that it can affect our perceptions in much the same way traditional media content can.  New media has perpetuated misperceptions and misinformation in much the same way that skewed media depictions in TV and movies distort people’s perceptions of reality.  One great example of this is internet hoaxes and people reading (and believing!) satirical news on social networks.  To try to combat the problem, Facebook experimented with a “satire” tag so that users would know which links were from satirical rather than informational sources.

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