Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Fake News! (Ads)

Posted by jacobkaraglanis on April 11, 2017

While I was reading the assigned text for the post that was due before class on Tuesday. There was a particular part of this reading that really caught my eye. It was the part that described incidents of fake advertisements being made. These ads were made to see how people would react to them, and then how they would react to them when they realized they were fake. This immediately reminded me of a time when I was in my high school world history through film class. This was a class that I rarely ever paid attention in since it was my senior year, an easy A, and the lights were off at 8am after getting back from swim practice. Though, there was a time when swim practice was cancelled in the morning and I happened to be well rested for class that day, so I decided to actually pay attention to what was happening in class. Our teacher began to pass out a fake test and acted as though this had been on the class schedule all along but nobody paid attention to it. So as we all angrily filled out a test we had no clue about, he sat at his desk laughing at all of us. This cruel joke was apart of the lesson that he had planned for that day. He collected all of our tests and led into teaching us about the radio broadcast “War of the Worlds” that was directed by Orson Wells in 1938. When a fictional radio broadcast about aliens was made and it sent the listening public into a frenzy of panic. Though this was not his intent, the outcome still was still a panicking audience. So I feel as though their is a very fine line of innocent and maleficent when it comes to fake advertisements and that they should be approached very cautiously.


2 Responses to “Fake News! (Ads)”

  1. Drake Kizer said

    I think you made a lot of great points in this post, especially the one you made about how “fake news” can really cause widespread panic if they are believable enough. Like in your example, the fake test was very believable because it was coming from a trusted source: your teacher. If anyone else gave you a test, it would be easy to see that it’s not real, but since it came from a place that seemed reputable, that caused it to be very believable, realistic, and prone to cause outrage. The same is true of “fake news” in the media: if CNN or Fox News reports something, people believe it as gospel since those are supposed to be trusted sources of true facts. Thus, your example was a great reflection of our country’s current media environment.

  2. tristendenney14 said

    I strongly agree with you Jacob. Fake news to me is quite unnecessary, and can cause more problems than it does entertain. However, in the world we live in today, fake news is nearly uncontrollable and like you said, must be treated with extreme caution. Therefore, one must never forget to pay attention to the world around them, so one does not get caught up in the drama and confusion of fake news.

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