The Information Highway Turned into a Mis-information Highway.
When did everyone lose their minds and all critical thinking skills? Are we nothing more than mindless drones who forgot how to conduct any research? Did they stop teaching these skills in school? And who in the heck decided it was a good idea to create a bunch of fake garbage and post it to the internet just to see how gullible everyone is or use it as a mechanism for revenge?
Before you share – be proactive and conduct a little research. THINK before you CLICK and SHARE.
Some of these examples may be older, but it’s going to prove a point:
No, Mark Zuckerberg is not giving away his stock to you people who share the message on your page. No one gets something for nothing…and what you are assuming he said isn’t what he said. No…it’s not been confirmed by some news station either. Did you actually see it on the news? No – don’t share it “just in case.”
No, Facebook is not likely to start charging for its use. Are you serious? They probably make way too much money off of advertising and selling data that you all give for free when do anything on the website…including playing all those mind games to find out what personality you have or what your first Facebook picture was.
No, Facebook isn’t going to make everything you posted public…which is comical because if its online, in a sense, it is already public…but that’s a different story for a different day. I’ve seen so many copy and paste different versions of a privacy scare (privacy hoax) that suggests the information was seen on the news and that if you copy and past some crap that talks about the UCC 1-308 and the Rome Statute you are advising Facebook that you don’t give them permission to use your data and that it is private and confidential. I’m sorry, but friggen really? You all have Google…how about learning what UCC 1-308 and the Rome Statute even refers to before making yourself look like a bone head and sharing it with other people who will do the same bone head thing by accepting it as gospel and sharing it – you know, “just in case.” Is the “just in case” one’s way of saying I’m way too lazy to research this, but since it uses legal words it must be legit, so I’m going to share it anyway? FYI – The UCC stands for the Uniform Commercial Code and governs the sale of goods and other commercial transactions like processing checks, etc. The Rome Statute has to deal with International Criminal Court.
No, Walmart is not likely to give you hundred dollar gift cards for sharing stuff on your page. Nope, Target isn’t likely going to do it either. What a brilliant subliminal advertising ploy that people are playing into though. It gets so many to share their name brand all over the internet without them having to do anything or spend any advertising dollars.
No, you’re not likely going to be given a chance to get a new car if you share some advertisement that was probably created by basement boy with time on his hands who wanted to see how many people would share his inside joke on your page. Did you bother to check in with the company to see if it was a legitimate offer they were running? Mmmm, my guess is probably not.
No, Redbull isn’t made out of “bull semen” or “bull pee.” It’s made up of all kinds of other things, including synthetic ingredients that arguably may not be the best for you but come on… bull semen? Seriously? Who comes up with this stuff?
No, your favorite “news” station isn’t telling you everything you ought to know. Indeed, your favorite news station has clipped, edited and skewed what was REALLY said…so you better go find the whole debate or story, educate yourself by taking the time to watch the whole thing (pray it was live otherwise it’s likely been edited to fit an agenda), and THEN form an opinion – to do anything less is to allow yourself to be swayed by only a tiny piece of information that may, or may not, have been taken out of context. Don’t be sheep. It’s amazing how many people take Main Stream Media (MSM) for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Having been interviewed a few times by MSM for different stories I can tell you the final product is swayed, chopped, hacked bullshit that looks and feels like a whole story – but it’s not. In fact, in my experience, it’s actually quite different.
No, a headline doesn’t always reflect the story. Ever heard of click-bait? That headline that get’s your attention, because it sounds like a train wreck, is often misleading as to what is actually written in the article. If you are going to click on that advertising dollar generating article, at least don’t be lazy. Read the entire article, and even then, take it with a grain of salt because it’s probably not the whole story. Don’t just read the headline and then share it will all your friends making assumptions based upon the headline alone.
No, that review you read may not be legitimate. Even if it is in multiple places all over the internet – it could all still be the same author or content scrapers. I’ll talk about that more in another blog eventually. Yes, many people write honest and legitimate reviews for legitimate reasons BUT just like you see on social media, there are review trolls. Review trolls are the people that suck at life so bad that they have to resort to making up or drastically embellish stories about their exes: ex-business partner, ex-employer, ex-employee, ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, ex-husband/wife and even former friends or family that they aren’t getting along with. Some people even resort to making up crap about themselves to gain sympathy of others (playing a victim is so easy these days) or might resort to making up stories about their competitors – because well, some people can’t stand to see others do better than them and misery loves company. Be sure to take everything with a grain of salt and remember to conduct some research – after all what you read (be it checking up on a person or a business) could be entirely made up and once it’s up…it can’t always come down. That goes for you too Human Resource hiring managers…
No, that meme that someone put together with their phone, incorrect math, spelling and all, isn’t necessarily true. I can understand sharing the funny ones for humor or satire, but some people post that sh!t like it’s the TRUTH! Holy cow – anyone can make that stuff up and then ya’ll go sharing it like it was written in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Oh wait, some are too young to even remember actual fact books like that. And when did “meme” even become a word? Seems about the equivalent of the so called words “bae” and “fleek” to me. I wonder if my parents thought the same thing about the use of the word “rad” back in the 80s – but then again, at least “rad” was just the shortened version of “radical.” That at least made some sense.
As a society, I feel that we need to stop being so damn lazy and accepting garbage, including MSM stories, posted on the web as truth without question. I’ve seen so many accept anything that is written on the Internet as gospel and then share and opine based on, well…nothing but bad information. WTF? You might as well take your brain out, play pat-a-cake with it, and stick it back in as mush. You were given a brain…so use it!
Until next time friends…