In a whirlwind of chaos and madness, we have unraveled a spiral of fake news and misinformation.
The same information is on the plate of hungry consumers, begging to feast upon the next headline. So hungry for information and so thirsty for knowledge, yet what’s satisfied?
It’s difficult to distinguish between reality and what is fake. The fast-paced and force-fed information will only speed up, so all we can do now is prepare for the ride.
How can you tell what’s “real” and what’s “fake”?
Start with basic searches via the web to cross-reference information. You can analyze facts, opinions, and content bias by researching what you’re reading. Look into leaning political perspective and consistencies in promotion on the content sites.
Fact-checking sites, like Snopes, were previously reliable for seeking true information. Due to questionable sources of funding, the information is no longer unbiased and trustworthy. Now, you have to often dig deep to see what may just be speculation of the truth.
Does it feel real? Does something seem weird?
Are there missing facts or pieces of information to a story?
Question the news to verify that you are getting the full story. I’ve learned more by researching topics than I ever could from any news source. I assume that most people have some sort of agenda, and it’s often difficult for the public to see what that is.
The pursuit of the truth isn’t easy.
It requires work, patience, persistence, and a devotion for knowledge. As long as you have the hunger to seek the truth, the actual truth, you will see more and more of it.
It can be harmful to form an opinion on something without researching the facts, and we have all done it. We just all have to work to do our due diligence as we move forward. We can improve the quality of the information we receive by promoting the truth.
By empowering ourselves, we can empower others to help discover true knowledge for themselves.