Diversify sources of information | The Manila Times

WHERE do you get your news? According to research from the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), 79% of Filipinos said “they often get their news from accidental or random information on their Facebook feed.” Based on a report by Kaithreen Cruz of the Manila Times, ASoG results from the online survey of 2,000 respondents showed that 66% received their news from television; some 57% of YouTube; and 54% on news websites. I get 50% of news from Twitter. My breakfast lasts over an hour because I spend it reading the news while enjoying my coffee. They look good together. I scour trending or a custom Twitter list of authoritative online media sites, experts, and personalities for insight. Read news from Manila Times and New York Times app is perfect for long reads. From time to time, I activate the text-to-speech mode if I have cloudy eyes. Or issue a voice command “what’s the news?” on Google Nest Mini. It’s like listening to the radio. Google News, (a personalized news aggregator that organizes and highlights what’s happening around me), is next. My husband is another source because he knows what issues are important to me. Either say it out loud or share it on iMessage. Limiting the use of Google or my news list could trap me in an echo chamber. This is one of the reasons why I follow some social media personalities who have contrary opinions. I still have to be careful and check if their opinions are based on facts. Getting the news from social media feeds could put you in a filter bubble, so it’s best to seek out reliable sources.

The project’s research director and ASoG Associate Professor Ma. Rosel San Pascual even reminded the audience that “it’s not enough to get political information from your Facebook feed. The habit of actively seeking information from a variety of credible sources is very important in increasing your understanding of politics and your level of self-confidence. participate in political affairs. Interestingly, “two out of three respondents, or about 71%, said they pay attention to posts about government and politics on their Facebook feed.”

You may have come across a post from Christelle Reganion in closed social media spaces. Reganion heard first-hand from supporters of presidential bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Along with other volunteers, a company invited them to conduct a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with their employees on political discernment. While there were a number of supporters of fellow presidential candidate Maria Lenior “Leni” Gerona Robredo in the group she hosted, the majority were supporters of Marcos Jr. Although she had the same passion for fighting corruption, she was puzzled. “So why are they still supporting two very different candidates? Where is the diversion point?” She soon learned that it’s in the way they get their information. His major finding is that they don’t have the time or energy to do extensive research because after a day’s work they just want to relax and go on Facebook. Then there’s the general mistrust of mainstream media, which is why many are now turning to non-traditional news sources like content creators and Facebook influencers. They say they prefer Facebook creators because they aren’t biased like mainstream media. “How can you tell if a Facebook content creator is biased or not? Christelle asked the group. And they were all puzzled. The purpose of this group discussion was to get them to think twice about how they form their opinions and how they get their information.

“Those who don’t depend on their Facebook feed for news have a greater variety of information sources for politics, government and governance. They seek out news proactively, they don’t just depend on exposure random news on their Facebook feed. [and] they also receive news from other sources. So they are always informed even if they are not exposed to Facebook news,” San Pascual explained.

Go beyond Facebook for your other sources of information.


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