“Don’t do it. Don’t post it.” That’s my inner voice telling me what I’m about to write is sure to start a “lively” discussion. But heck, I haven’t always listened to that voice, and this time, it is worth it.

Here’s an admission — I believe it’s time for stricter gun laws. I believe it’s too easy for those who should not have a firearm, to actually obtain a firearm. I am someone who believes gun violence in this country is at a level that just can’t be described. I remember where I was when Columbine happened. And Sandy Hook…


Google “fake news” for over a billion results. We need to find truth for ourselves in order for democracy to prevail.

For many of us, the term “fake news” will forever be linked to the 2016 Presidential Election and the political drama that existed after. The years of investigation into Russia’s involvement, the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the President’s twitter feed itself have tainted how we view our news and information sources.

Today when we Google “fake news,” the results feature more than 1.4 billion examples, academic studies, research projects, news articles and nonprofit organizations. …


Remember that pair of running shoes you looked at online last week or the Jamaican trip you looked into for the holidays? Did you find it interesting when those shoes popped up in your Facebook feed and new offers for great deals to Jamaica showed up in ads on random websites you later visited? That tactic, known as targeted advertising, has become a common marketing practice, and it is reaching beyond our pocketbooks and into our election results.

Targeted advertising allows organizations to reach a specific group of consumers based on their buying history, personal behaviors or online habits, such…


During the 2016 Presidential election, finding a story online about one or both of the candidates didn’t take much effort. Wading through clutter and lies to find accurate reporting proved much more difficult however. In fact, many political scientists and researchers have nicknamed the 2016 election the “Fake News Election.” The idea that millions of fictitious stories persuaded and influenced American voters’ perceptions and decision-making processes in 2016 diminishes my hopes that democracy prevailed. …


The amount of fake news on social media is a danger to our democracy.

How the Amount of Fake News is Hurting our American Democracy

During the 2016 Presidential election, finding a story online about one or both of the candidates didn’t take much effort. Wading through clutter and lies to find accurate reporting proved much more difficult. In fact, many political scientists and researchers have nicknamed the 2016 election the “Fake News Election.”

Just how many made-up stories appeared online at that time? A study conducted in

2017 found more than 38 million shares of fake news articles on Facebook were clicked-through a total of 760 million times in 2016. Those 760 million…

Stacey Harris

Writer. Marketing Exec. Mom. Wife. Graduate Student. Biker. Trying to stay sane each day.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store