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Monday, July 1, 2019

More Idiocy

     I saw a couple of politically oriented Facebook posts that made outlandish claims that supposedly were not reported by the major media sources. Why? It was not because of some conspiracy. 
     They were stories from a site called DailyWorldUpdate. In the site’s About section it clearly states the site is contains “parody, satire, and tomfoolery, or as Snopes calls it: Junk News. Because they’re too stupid to understand what ‘satire’ means.” 
     The site then explains satire: “The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues."
     The site then states: "Everything on this website is fiction. It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it is not real. If you believe that it is real, you should have your head examined. Any similarities between this site’s pure fantasy and actual people, places, and events are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and satirical.” 
     I am discovering that the idiots that post this stuff on Facebook not only believe it’s real news, but a lot of other people see it and also believe it is real news. 
     Book 7 Teaser: Why we’re so susceptible to fake news - Because we don’t want to think. That’s so like, boring. We don’t want to study, to research, to ponder, to analyze–we just want to be fed so that we can get back to playing and being entertained, as quickly as possible. Give us easy information, sensational too, because we love to be entertained.

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