Maybe my brain just works differently, but I always assume sensational memes are fake or at least misleading. On occasion, I’ll have to research a meme to confirm my suspicion, but it’s very easy to fact check things. I suppose it’s a little easier to just “share” these without looking into it, but I find it fascinating that people spread these so far and wide and they never have a shred of doubt that it could be fake. Even when someone calls them out on it, they don’t delete the post. Why?
I am also very good at spotting phishing emails. Occasionally, I’ll have to view the URL behind the link to confirm it’s fake. In the very rare case that it is somewhat convincing, I’ll log directly into the service without interacting with the email to make sure nothing is wrong.
Is it a computer literacy thing? An education thing? Common sense? It doesn’t seem to be a generational thing because people of all ages are spreading misinformation. Maybe they’re in it for the lolz… Problem is there ARE some people who believe everything they see on the Internet. I don’t know how that is possible in this day and age.
@medz this is one of the reasons that I don’t really go on Facebook. The amount of stupid shit I’ve seen shared is mind boggling. It really scares me when it’s from people that I thought were intelligent.
Not so much when your search engine has been “gamed” into presenting “alternate facts” in the top 5 links. Or when idiot/lazy “influencers” get equal media validation by ratings-whore “news” sources playing clips from youtube as if popularity were equal to credentialed, informed, expert sources.
One need only look at Dolt45’s choice of John Bolton, former Fox News host, as the National Security Advisor to the President.
That’s right - the guy whispering in our President’s ear about whether or not dropping nukes on North Korea is a good idea, or bailing on our international committment to encourage Iran not to build nukes to drop on Israel at the first chance.