You Can’t Fact-Check What Ain’t A Fact. Well, You Can, But Try & Get Anyone To Listen……..


Arguing with the entire world today on my Facebook feed.  Well, probably not the entire world, but sometimes it feels like it.  A Facebook friend just posted some copy/paste Obama bashing conspiracy crapola for the umpteenth time.  I tire of trying to reason with them directly, so I took this approach (by way of a generic status update) :

facebook post source your stuff

That pretty much sums it up for me. Feel free to disagree with me. Feel free to think I’m an idealistic idiot. At least have the decency to pretend to check the veracity of the stuff you post, though.

To be fair, all of us do it once in a while.  We see something come across our screen and it hits a chord in us.  Too busy to check it just then, we post it thinking we’ll check later, and just never get around to it.    Unfortunately, that just adds to the clutter online.  We either look foolish when others check out our sources, or we  simply spread more manure around and it gets on everybody.  The harder we try to be fair and accurate, the likelier we are to be listened to.  Folks figure out fairly quickly which online acquaintances blindly re-post spam and partially or totally untrue stories.  Then they ignore them.

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One thought on “You Can’t Fact-Check What Ain’t A Fact. Well, You Can, But Try & Get Anyone To Listen……..

  1. […] I also want to give credit to another WordPress blog that got me thinking more about checking our facts: http://sarahjanelives.com/2012/08/28/you-cant-fact-check-what-aint-a-fact-well-you-can-but-try-get-a… […]

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