Friday, November 3, 2017
She says, “…near universal access to information online has steadily devalued expertise and authority: Why rely on a medical doctor when you can diagnose your own symptoms with this handy website? Why slog through complex news stories when a tweet is so much more satisfying? Why insist on facts when everyone else is just ‘speaking my own truth?”
We are dumbed-down when we take the easy way and we conclude critical thinking is too hard. Our children (and we adults) become fake news dumps manipulated by those feeding them junk news molding their opinions into a collective of lemmings gullible enough to swallow swill and follow fools.
The demons among us and who reach out to us conceal themselves in on-line deceptions. They have their own “dark web” in which evil reigns and spreads. Our antidotes are the Gospels – our Good News – and our willingness to ask simple questions for which we need answers. As Loth concludes, “Ask: Who published this? What do they have to gain from it? Can these claims be checked independently? Have you tried?”
I add: “Are we runners in the social media fall run for gullible awareness? Let's sit that one out."
Deacon David Pierce