Australians are among the world’s most likely to share dodgy articles online at a time when almost half of Generation Z uses social media as their main news source and Google’s YouTube surges in popularity.
Oh, The Digital News Report by the University of Canberra’s News and Media Research Centre.
The University of Canberra has a News and Media Research Centre?
When you get the call to evacuate Planet Golgafrincham, be very worried if you’re assigned a berth on the same Ark as anyone from that faculty.
This quote by Dr. Fisher is unintentionally hilarious:
“But consistently over the five years it also very much does depend on the source of news you use and those who rely on traditional – offline platforms, TV, newspapers – they have higher trust in news generally than people who rely on online sources,” she said. “That hasn’t shifted.”
Admittedly, without bothering to look at the same data as Dr. Fisher, I’d like to offer an alternate assessment and conclusion:
People who actively seek out information from diverse sources become very cynical towards the uniform reporting of the legacy media.
One wonders whether the good Doctor Fisher and her students have ever heard of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave?
Wouldn’t it be just so beautifully ironic if they hadn’t?