We are constantly being bombarded by social media, newspapers, television, radio, websites, blogs, etc., that all have compelling stories and posts that evoke our emotions. (Fear, love, displeasure, etc., etc.) What is sad is many people take these at face value, while others take them as gospel.
We seem to have lost the ability to reason and research. No story or argument has just one side. Sometimes there are three sides; both sides of the discussion and then there is the truth!
Taking things at face value can ruin relationships, promote hate, and, in today’s technology, spread erroneous information at the speed of light and it is there forever. We need to use caution when viewing media messages. We can cause unnecessary hurt and concern where there need be none.
The era of ‘Fake News’ is not new! It has been with us as long as communication has existed. It is reaching prominence as a result of a certain politician, but it certainly is not new.
Throughout history communication has been used to purposely manipulate facts, sometimes with the best of intentions, but with the same devastating results. What is new is the reliance on social media and the instantaneous responses to what has been posted.
Let’s return to the posture of stepping back from what we read, see, or hear, and ensure we have explored I thought before forming an opinion. It may not change our opinion, but will at least give us a perspective on the other side of the issue.
It sometimes goes by another name, ‘Education’.
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