Yes. I see people close themselves in their "circle", when it comes to information, and that's dangerous.
Yes. Indeed. Whew.
It's really annoying when people keep propagating information without verifying if it's actually true. I don't follow US politics, but similar things happen in my country (in any country, I believe).
For example, we are currently going through times of political instability, and last year our former president (Dilma Rousseff) got impeached. During the months before the impeachment, lots of lies were told and retold on the web. There were lots of fake rumors about her and her past. The claims kept being posted on biased news sites and shared and reshared on Facebook, even though a Google search would easily expose most of them as just wishful rumors. I say "wishful" because it seems that the people who believe it actually want it to be true.
I even had to unfollow (not unfriend, just unfollow) some people on FB because they kept resharing the same old rumors, strawman arguments and fear-mongering over and over again. As the events unfolded, new rumors kept popping up one after the other. It was so annoying. Some things were so obviously made up or skewed, but people simply believed it because it's the spectacle that they wanted to see.
I've come to the conclusion that if I can easily find information disproving a lie, so can others - so I don't feel any guilt in calling out when I see people spreading the fake news, fake quotes, fake information and so on. I've seen that on FB a lot too.
I've seen people blame the media - saying it's their fault for doing this. And I have to disagree - if people cared to be accurate, this kind of behaviour wouldn't last long. People want their "views" to be right, even if it goes against reality. That's why fake news is so popular now. We live in time when fanaticism is the new "normal".
I agree completely - there is no excuse. The media may be skewed, but people have the choice to believe it or not. You just have to follow your own skepticism and make a Google search. If it seems too good to be true, be suspicious and check it. If you feel like you have to ask "I wonder if that's true", then by all means follow that intuition and double-check before sharing.
It really does seem that "fanaticism is the new normal". People are desperately looking for the perfect "argument" to throw in the face of the opponents. It's difficult to explain the difference between reasoning and wishful thinking when people are in such a state.
For example, during the impeachment on my country, some people were really defensive about it. I've seen this a lot on news sites: when someone calls out a rumor for what it is, he/she is mindlessly called names and accused of being a supporter of the other side of the fight.
Oh, that's so true!
I've forgotten how many times people have tried to insult my intelligence simply because I didn't agree with their political views - it has happened here too. And I still find funny when someone calls me a "libtard" or any insult direct to the left. I'm a moderate - I've actually said this to a lady on Youtube just a few days ago. She actually said that no, I'm not a moderate, that I was a liberal and she kept on trying to insult me and my intelligence. Like my mum always say, don't talk against crazy. It's a waste of time.
Thing is, I'm pretty sure half the people insulting others online, wouldn't say half the things face to face. It's still saddens me, that the idea that they don't have to face the consequences of their words, makes many people act like assholes.
Ugh, I'm kind of sick of this kind of word, like "libtard" and... I can't remember what the conservative equivalent was. :P I saw those being thrown around all the time in SodaHead, but I haven't seen it very much around here, probably because this site is less active.
Sorry to hear that people have tried to insult your intelligence so much in political discussions. You're clearly a smart person, and they are of course saying more about their own intelligence by trying to insult yours. (I'm very sure you realize that and you don't let it get to you, but it doesn't hurt to say: don't let them get to you.) And I agree that most of them wouldn't say these things face to face. Also, it's funny that, even though it's online and the people involved don't really know each other, they seem to think that they've figured out everything about the person they're insulting, to the point that they can just trivially disrespect them and pretty much kill any possibility of further communication. It's sad.
Lol, no, I don't let it get to me xD Like you said, they think they have everything figure out about everyone else. But it doesn't mean they have. There's only a few number of people on this site that know me enough to even judge my personality - and they're not the one throwing insults left and right. I'm not inclined to share my personal life with people that act like that.
Yeah, it's really sad.
I thought so... lol :P And it's definitely not a good idea to share too much about your personal life in this kind of situation. It can get really, really nasty. I've heard a case of people who somehow discovered their "sworn enemy"'s Facebook account and disclosed their personal information for everyone to see. It's really surprising how Internet fight can get crazily blown out of proportion, between people who don't even know each other's names.
No need to apologize That happens to me too. If I stay too long without coming here, then I have around 5 pages of posts to look up.