One of those ‘things’ is doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment. You know the kind of thing: copy and paste this on your timeline and you won’t grow a dick on your forehead … well something like that.
Anyway, a number of my Facebook friends copied and pasted one of these things this morning; and, one of my Facebook friends commented:
“Half the stuff you read on Facebook is garbage”.
Which is true in part but it doesn’t tell the full story. The full facts are, the garbage, misinformation, disinformation — whatever you want to call it — isn’t just confined to Facebook.
It reaches us through newspapers, TV, Radio, all forms of social media and online communications. It even pervades our life through real-time communications down the pub or in the street.
Some of the garbage is obvious, other garbage is wrapped up in a grain of truth. This sort of thing has been going on since the dawn of time; it’s just that now we all have the chance to publish and republish ‘garbage’ and the internet is the place where the garbage spreads like wild-fire.
The thing is, everyone tells everyone else lies about something, whether they know it or not. So much so that I constantly ask myself: can you really trust what anyone tells you?