The Gullibility of Social Media
by Craig Schwab
May 29, 2019 | 5151 views | 0 0 comments | 553 553 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Much has been written in recent months about the responsibility of social media giants like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It is disconcerting to imagine how much power is shared with regard to our daily opinions, rants, raves and everyday comments.

What has happened since the advent of shared information is quite fascinating, not to mention how overly representative each social media platform can influence its members. Essentially, the creators and owners of social media organizations are being called to task for allowing ads and fraudulent information to reach its members.

Sadly, this accusation is highly suspect. What it truly means is how easily members can be duped into believing things simply because it appears on their phones and computer screens. What it further insinuates is the average user of these sites cannot think for themselves.

All information is now defined as truth based on how many “likes” it receives. The newest form of global warfare is in the hands of each person married to their technical devices.

Each person becomes an accomplice in ways to further separate truth from fiction and reality from fantasy.

The phrase “fake news,” a prominent saying for several years, does not just represent false information, but also defines the growing number of individuals who rally in protest for things they know very little about.

When demonstrators are more likely to use social media to promote causes they only understand with quips of data on their phones, it stands to reason many are more interested in being seen rather than actually wanting to make changes in a civil society.

The process will only worsen as we reach 2020 and the election season. Since the government is seeking to blame the messenger providers, we must all keep ourselves informed in ways that do not rely on rumors and hearsay.

We are an educated society, and we should seek information by weighing the facts. We should not placate the social media fashionista or subscribe to news outlets that do not provide fairness as a part of their guidelines.

It is estimated over three billion people worldwide are on some sort of social media platform. No one is editing the content we receive every day.

There’s an effort to censor with regard to profanity, which sounds noble in principle, however being offended by how something is worded hardly places checks and balances on the accuracy or authenticity of what we read.

Fewer and fewer people around the world read opposing viewpoints on issues we all deem newsworthy and relevant to our daily lives. Instead, each individual caters to having their understanding of any issue substantiated by who agrees with them.

A study of any group on Facebook will inevitably lead to negativity delivered by the same members of the group who want to promote solutions.

The term “Second Life” refers to a person having the ability to create an alternate personality on the Internet. Each person’s “Second Life” could be blamed for promoting opinions and commentaries.

Each person must willingly taking responsibility for their own extended personalities on the Internet. If we cannot fully adhere to the sacred values of information, we are doomed to undermine our own precious rights in a free society.

Craig Schwab is a resident of Glendale and author of Something in the Neighborhood of Real.

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