Posted in 2017, breaktheinternet, news, Uncategorized

#TeenagePregnancyisDecliningAcrossAllRaces

It is safe to assume that we all know someone who knows someone who had a baby while being a teenager. However, it is possibly safe to , also, assume that in the near future it may be hard to find that someone.

According to the Pew Research Center, teen birth rates are at an all time low. These birth rates have been steadily decreasing over time.

The African American and Hispanic population, once, have the highest birth rates according to this 2012 chart. However, over the span of five years (2007-2012) the birth rates amongst these particular races have declined. Meanwhile, the Asian and White races have remained pretty steady. From this data, it is obvious that the decline in birth rates for the African American and Hispanic play a role in the decline across all races.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Another interesting fact is that American Indian has almost 23% of the 2012 birth rate, and they have such a low rate in the United States population.

This information is surprising, as well as very informative for the nation.  It leaves a lot of questions, also. For example, “Why is there a decrease? Is there an increase in birth control usage or abortions? What does this mean for the future? Will teen pregnancy continue to decrease?”

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Posted in 2017, breaktheinternet, news, social media, Uncategorized

#PoliceShootingsinNumbers

Police shootings are now a trending topic across America. These shootings are happening across cultures, and races. The Washington Post provides a detailed analysis of police shootings for the year 2017 to date.

This particular article is very explanatory. It provides a detailed explanation of each police shooting. The data currently has 311 small boxes. These small boxes provide details of each individual shooting. The details include state, name, age, race, mental illness, weapon, body camera, and whether or not the individual was fleeing the scene. At the top of this data there is a small search engine. This data provides an alternate view of the information. Most individuals believe police shootings are due to an excessive use of force; however, this data story provides details to each and every incident thus far.

The data story, also, supplies the previous year’s numbers. The numbers are great for comparison. The killings are listed in date order; therefore, it is easy for one to search for the amount of fatal shootings to date. The data story provides a graph which compares the shootings of 2015 to 2016. According to the graph, ” As of a week ago, there have been 7 fewer fatal shootings this year than at the same time last year.” This provides a great numerical comparison to the shootings last year and the shootings this year. It also specifies a specific time. It compares a week ago instead of as of yesterday.

Another great thing this article does is provide numerical information at the top of the current year’s data. For example, ” More than a third of the people shot and killed by police had fled from officers.” Secondly, the data story provides a map with an orange dot on where these shootings occur. Once one scrolls over a particular state the details provided are the amount of shootings per 1 million, and how many shootings have occurred in 2017. Lastly, the data story provides how this information is calculated.

This particular data story is impressive, and also very easy to follow. It provides a logical flow of information, and is very easy to follow.

Posted in election, news, social media

#StopFakeNews2K17

The headline read, ” President Obama Confirms He Will Refuse to Leave Office if Trump is Elected.” As one scrolled through the comments it was very obvious that this “news story” was not only fake, but also, available on more than one news outlet. Comments such as, “[F]ake story,” and “This isn’t real news,” stood out amongst most of the other comments. This raises the questions– what is fake news, and what can be done about it?

According to Anthony Ha of TechCrunch, fake news is a completely false story created to increase traffic, influence ad revenue and/or used for political advancement. The internet has helped the spread of fake news by allowing anyone with access the privilege to spread a story, real or fake. For as long as one can remember, fake news has been around. For example, chain emails, which once read ridiculous stories and then prompted one to forward to a group of people, can be deemed as fake news. However, current outlets such as Facebook and Twitter allow fake news to spread a lot easier and a lot faster.

Fake news played a very large role in our 2016 election. According to BuzzFeed, in the last three months of the election, fake news stories generated more likes and shares than the real news from credible sources such as The New York Times. Often times, one may notice Mr. Trump refer to fake news, as well.

There are a few ways to stop fake news. One responsible way to stop fake news  is to share responsibly. It literally takes a little under ten seconds to research the accuracy of a news story. Therefore, DO YOUR RESEARCH before deciding to share a story. Also, one should know and respect the trusted news media outlets such as The New York Times or CNN. To sum up, believe half of what you see and none of what you hear– unless, its from a trusted news outlet!