When sharing a meme or an article you believe supports your view on a subject, it is always a good idea to pretend that you are someone on the other side of the issue, and find the holes from that persons perspective first. Oh yes, and if you are going to share it, try reading beyond the headline.
Believe it or not . . . but probably not.
I’ve been getting myself in trouble quite a bit lately. I’ve become an “equal opportunity debunker”. I can’t help myself, I’m just so fed up with the noise and nonsense that goes into viral sharing on social media that when I see a meme or shared article that is egregiously false or misleading I find myself forced to respond – sometimes with my own explanation of why the story is false, and sometimes with a link to a “fact-check” site like Snopes or Politifact.
It doesn’t matter the political perspective – or whether it’s political or not. From fallacies of logic having nothing to do with the question being debated or memes citing laws that were never enacted to sensational “news” stories that are several years old filled with stale “facts”, this garbage adds nothing to the discourse we need to be having right now.
I’ve been called a “libtard” by people on the right and had my progressive bonafides questioned by those on the left. I don’t care. I’ve adopted a zero-tolerance policy for bullshit, and if more of us did this I’m guessing we would all be more careful to check our sources before clicking that seductive “share” button.