What happens when we increasingly rely on social media and the web for nearly all our information? What information do we see, and what do we miss? How do we know if a picture or a tweet is genuine or truthful? And what can we do if we can’t be sure?
Information travels quickly and easily, maybe too easily, and it reaches far and wide. We haven’t yet fully analysed or understood the scale of the social, political and cultural impacts of this supersonic speed and amplification.
Not only do we have many more channels to receive and share content, the way that content reaches us has also changed: from news feeds to influencers, the people and methods involved in producing, transferring and storing info and data have multiplied, not to mention the number of companies making big business out of it. All these factors combined can make it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction, which sources to trust and of which to be wary.
Whether it’s through a Twitter bot or a deep fake, we are all surrounded by high frequency information impulses, often not visible to us. As users and consumers of online content, we are no longer neutral or passive receivers of information. We can also be its main channels of distribution and proliferation.
At any age we need to be aware of the way that information that is incorrect and sometimes misleading can be shared and amplified by the tools we use. For young people especially, apps and social media are second nature, and many don’t stop to check before sharing something online with friends. But recent research shows that even older people struggle to tell the difference between genuine and questionable information– and share more than any other age group.
Explore the Glass Room
In this exhibition you can explore how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it. Find out about the new types of influencers,the new and old tactics they use, and the role we the users and consumers play in the way information flows and changes within that flow. We also examine the relationship between personal data, targeting and our opinions, views and behaviours, as well as the business models behind it.
So far, there have been over 200 Glass Room Community Edition events around the world, reaching over 150,000 people – with many more planned in 2021. So when you host a Glass Room Community Edition event, you join a global conversation on data and privacy.
In this exhibition – aimed at young people as well as adults – we explore how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it. Learn why finding “fake news” is not as easy as it sounds, and how the term “fake news” is as much a problem as the news it describes. Dive into the world of deep fakes, which are now so realistic that they are virtually impossible to detect. And find out why social media platforms are designed to keep us hooked, and how they can be used to change our minds. You can also read our free Data Detox Kit, which reveals how to tell facts from fiction and why it benefits everyone around us when we take a little more care about what we share.