The effect of fake news

Chin Rey

Lag fighter
Oct 28, 2018
SL Rez
The Norwegian brodacasting station NRK has done an interesting although probably a bit unethical experiment throughout the last year.

I don't know if this if all countries have school elections, so maybe I shold explain that first. In Norway all high schools hold "role play" elections where the pupils, soon old enough to vote for real. They study and dicsuss the programs of the various parties, learn about the voting procedures and of course, get to vote in a setting as realistic as possible. We had one last week, shortly before the real election next Monday. These school elections are quite valuable because they teach the kids how democracy works, what the different parties stand for and how to be critical to their claims, but also because they are very good indicators of future trends.

This year somebody at NRK found a third use for school elections. They selected one high school and throughout the year they used social media to systematically feed the pupils stereotypical fake news to promote Senterpartiet, a fairly small and relatively innocent party that generally don't have much appeal among the youngsters. The result was that the party went up from 2% two years ago to 3.1%.

So, sadly it seems that fake news really works.

For those who read Scandinavian, ehre's an article about the experiment: Elever om Folkeopplysningens valg-stunt: – En positiv tankevekker