Boy is there a wealth of this sort of BS these days thanx to social media that gives every little plot legs to grow into a narrative.
I know it is difficult to separate truth from the manure….and how do you keep from help spread the fertilizer of discontent?
Well there is a way to know the difference….
Sorting through the vast amount of information created and shared online is challenging, even for the experts.
Just talking about this ever-shifting landscape is confusing, with terms like “misinformation,” “disinformation” and “hoax” getting mixed up with buzzwords like “fake news.”
I have written about this stuff before….for misinformation is just one tool of propaganda……these are good posts that can help you as well….
There is a technique to help you from being a spreader of misinformation…..
The problem of misinformation isn’t going away. Internet platforms like Facebook and Twitter have taken some steps to curb its spread and say they are working on doing more. But no method yet introduced has been completely successful at removing all misleading content from social media. The best defense, then, is self-defense.
Misleading or outright false information – broadly called “misinformation” – can come from websites pretending to be news outlets, political propaganda or “pseudo-profound” reports that seem meaningful but are not. Disinformation is a type of misinformation that is deliberately generated to maliciously mislead people. Disinformation is intentionally shared, knowing it is false, but misinformation can be shared by people who don’t know it’s not true, especially because people often share links online without thinking.
Emerging psychology research has revealed some tactics that can help protect our society from misinformation. Here are seven strategies you can use to avoid being misled, and to prevent yourself – and others – from spreading inaccuracies
These are simple steps that if taken can keep you from being a super spreader of manure.
But then you may ask just how was all this manure made possible?
Bad information isn’t new. Propagandists and scam artists have been selling their brand of proverbial snake oil for ages, all to bend people’s thinking to their goals. What’s different today is that the digital world flings information faster and farther than ever before.
Our brains can’t always keep up.
That’s because we often rely on quick estimates to figure out whether something is true. These shortcuts, called heuristics, are often based on very simple patterns (SN: 9/20/14, p. 24). For instance, most information we come across in our daily lives is true. So when forced to guess, we often err on the side of believing.
There is more than enough misinformation on social media…..do not become one of the liars that keep this country divided.
Don’t spread manure
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