Mr 13, when he was Mr 6, coined an excellent phrase that I nonetheless use at this time. Some issues are true. Others, in his phrases, are “true sufficient to imagine.”
In a world the place many people get lots of our information from social media, True Sufficient to Consider has develop into the factors for whether or not or to not share a narrative. However ought to we be a bit extra discerning? How will we inform the reality from the “fact”? It’s simple to simply click on “share” when all we’ve learn is the headline and variety of likes. I believe we are able to perform a little higher than that, although, so right here’s what I strive to remember earlier than I share a information story:
A is for deal with. Is the story from time.com, or is it from realchemtrailtruth.org? I’m not saying one is at all times truthful and the opposite is at all times not, however it’s a very good place to begin.
B is for background. When you haven’t heard of the positioning, what does the “about” say? Is it a satirical website? What are the opposite tales on the positioning about?
C is for examine it… the 2 finest locations to do this are Snopes.com (a devoted debunking website) and plain outdated Google. With Google, simply copy and paste your entire article into your search window and see what comes up.
And D (bonus!) is for date. At all times value a glance earlier than you share that story concerning the newest outrage or scandal. Wait… that story is from 2009?
A, B, C and D… one thing to consider earlier than you share that “true sufficient to imagine” story.