Donald Miller once said, “In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.” What do you do when you see a person, friend or family members share a fake news? Confronting them will only push them further away from the truth, I have discovered that the only solution is to join them and share stories, quotes or news that are so fake it’s actually insulting.
This can be a test too, if they agree with the quote, chances are you are dealing with an idiot and the rule of the law as told by George Carlin — ‘Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.’
Ignorant people will remain ignorant, made worse by today’s social media. Unlike the older days where newspaper and TV are ‘controlled’ medium, today’s people have too many choices, they only subscribe to Facebook news feed that geared towards their political views, further reinforcing their narrow point of views with no alternative source.
They will skip videos that they dislike on YouTube and listen to those that agrees with their social agenda, therefore shutting out all possible reasoning.
That is what we get for having too much freedom. Too little is as bad as too much, left wing nuts will only listen to left wing news, while right wing nuts will only tune into whatever suits their taste. Both extremes are bad for the health of any nations, this can be seen with the Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton 2016 USA Presidential Election where so many fake news are created, both sides create fake news, if you disagree on this, it goes to show you only listen to news that suits your political belief, it is time to listen to both sides, keep the good part and discard the fake. Nobody put this nicely as described by Denzel Washington on this current climate of Fake News society we lives in.
Don’t believe in everything you read on the internet just because there is a picture with a quote next to it. – George Wasghinton
The internet is an excellent source of information, all of it are true, especially those in Facebook. – Genghis Khan
The problem with quotes found on the internet is that they are often not true. – Adolf Hitler
If it was shared on Facebook and Twitter, then it must be true. – Confucius
My biggest fear is that people will attribute fake quotes to me and millions of morons on the internet will believe it. – Albert Einstein
If it is on the internet then it must be true, and you can’t question it. – Abraham Lincoln