Don’t Fall Victim to Fake News — Read the Story, Not the Headline

Written by on 30 March 2017

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.

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