THAT PERSON and the Fake News
When it comes to reposting interesting or breaking news and links on social media, I run across two types.
THAT PERSON 1: The person who wants to share something so quickly, they don’t do any type of research or analysis on what they’re posting.
THAT PERSON 2: The one who pops up to tell them what they’re posting isn’t real.
I see this all the time. There’s even a guilty pleasure blog I read, “Literally Unbelievable,” of people posting stories from the joke website TheOnion.com on Facebook, and the reactions to the stories.
Usually somewhere in the screenshots of the comments, the THAT PERSON 2 comes along to let them know that TheOnion is a comedy site so no worries, American Airlines is NOT cutting off cabin pressure on flights to save money.
What bowls me over is when other people chime in to say it doesn’t matter if it IS a comedy site, they saw the same story on a YouTube video so therefore they know it’s the TRUTH - wake UP sheeple, etc. etc. etc..
It doesn’t just happen with stories from TheOnion. Urban legends and email forwards get posted as “fact” too. There was a recent social media post where someone was repeating a story they said a friend claimed happened to their child.
Only problem was: it was just not true. At first I was upset reading the story, but then when I googled it, a Snopes page on the topic was in the very first page of search results. I mean, word for word copy pasted, exact same story.
This means that either one of two things are true:
a.) the person making the social media post wasn’t being truthful about what they claimed their friend had told them, or --
b.) the person’s friend wasn’t being truthful, when they told them a story about what supposedly happened to their child.
This left me with an unsettled feeling.
If someone’s reposting a link from TheOnion, I don’t mind being THAT PERSON who lets them know, rest easy, there is NO eight billion dollar abortionplex being federally funded with their tax dollars.
But when they’re repeating a story where I’d be in the position of calling someone out as being untruthful, then I pass. I don’t want to be THAT PERSON.
Copyright 2013, 2016 FreebieJunkie. Originally posted by me at Bubblews, now removed.
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