Don’t Fall Victim to Fake News — Read the Story, Not the Headline
In the dizzying spiral of social media, it’s too easy to get caught up in the need to share an article at lightning-speed pace. There’s nothing wrong with than in and of itself; however, it is a problem if the news happens to be fake. One of the main issues with fake news is that it’s shared and shared and shared over and over again without nary a moment spent on reading the actual article. A flashy, sexy title is all that is needed. Of course, these titles are often misleading and could be completely made up, but who would know since no one took a moment to read the actual article?
So, rule number one of avoiding fake news — READ THE DAMN ARTICLE! Yes, it’s that simple. 9 times out of 10, if people would spend a critical moment to examine the content, falsehoods, half-truths and alternative facts wouldn’t get spread with the speed of clicking. While it may not seem like such a big idea, mindless clicking in cyberspace can have dire consequences in the real-world — like elections. Yeah, it’s serious.