Always check your facts…and sources

I have a love-hate relationship with the Internet, mostly because ever since most people have gained access to it, the amount of uninformed posts about just about any topic you can think of has sky-rocketed.

And while I don’t really have a problem with people expressing their opinions, I do have a problem when they label their opinions as facts. Let’s get one thing straight about opinions. They are not FACTS. A fact is something which can be proven by some scientific data. 2 + 2 will always equal 4, no matter how you put it. But your opinion on the matter, if 2+2=4 or not, does not change the fact that this is actually a fact, whether or not you believe it to be true or not.

And with the rise of Facebook and other social media platforms, the number of misinformed posts I need to filter has sky-rocketed, as mentioned before. And this is not because the posts contain radical new information which is proven to be true (rather, it’s the opposite), but it’s mostly because of some key words and phrases used to attract attention by stimulating certain emotions. And people can’t proactively react to these posts by trying to rationalize what they just read. And it leads to some really shady websites gaining traffic and, as a result, pumping out even more articles that serve no purpose other than to spread false information.

And once again, this is their right and I don’t really care because I don’t read those sites. So what is the point of this post? To convince you that, whenever you feel an article or piece of information is wrong, to CHECK THE SOURCES AND FACTS BEHIND IT. ALWAYS do that whenever you feel you are lead astray by what someone might tell you because there is a good chance that that person is wrong, on so many levels. I’ve seen people use blogs as news sources and distribute posts claiming this and that and when I looked over the post, it contained no quoted sources, no evidence to suggest that their point is true and funnily enough, when I did a simple Google search (the article suggested that some events were not covered by the news) I ran into several online articles (4 or 5, something like that) from reputable news sites discussing the exact event the guy in the blog post suggested was not covered by the press!

So seriously, always check your sources and the facts from online or offline talk when you feel they are misleading. Chances are they are and the person has no idea what he’s talking about. You want to know why I don’t talk about news or politics, aside from the fact I hate both of them? It’s because I may get it wrong, all so wrong on so many levels because in the heat of the moment I skipped through some important details and as a result, the post I’d make would become another one in the long list of uninformed posts people keep spreading. And I really don’t want to be that person.

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