Fake news is everywhere and so abundant that far too many people, well educated or otherwise, cannot tell the difference between facts and fiction, news and opinion. If they cry out “Fair and balanced,” they ain’t. What is? Apple News.
There are a number of important components required to understand the world of 21st century news and information and how it can impact our lives and knowledge of the world around us. First, the source. Second, facts vs. fiction. Third, obvious intent (not always so obvious).
What about Apple News?
Head to the iOS App Store and search for News apps. What you’ll find are dozens and dozens of applications from specific so-called news sources. Fox, CNN, NPR, BBC, WSJ, NYT, and many, many others. Which ones should you download and try?
None of them.
Instead, try Apple News first. What you get is a human curated package of many dozens of news sources, information outlets, magazines, articles, videos, and content that can be customized to match your tastes, interests, education, political perspective, and technology expertise.
Apple does not have much of an axe to grind with Apple News and the company claims nearly 100-million regular readers already. I am one. Why? Because Apple News gives me the opportunity to look at the world’s events from a variety of perspectives; conservative, liberal, moderate, technological, political, and informative.
Apple News lets you pick and choose from enough sources to get more than your daily fill of content. Yes, I still have the CNN app, the NPR app, the WSJ and NYT apps, plus USA Today, and many others– but the idea is to avoid the plague of fake news and that requires multiple sources of news and information, and that’s exactly what Apple News provides.
Efficient. Free. Cultivated and curated but with a degree of bias you control.
What’s not to like?
We live in an era where content runs amok, where fake news is more the norm than real news and information, so it pays to do just what Apple does with the News app. Cultivate and curate.
Other than living off the grid, is there a better way to avoid the misinformation superhighway?