In the spread­ing of ide­ol­ogy, the con­tent that goes vi­ral is all that mat­ters, truth is ir­rel­e­vant

New Straits Times - - Opinion -

HOW many of us would spread lies if we know them to be so or if we would have to pay the price for the con­se­quences of spread­ing such un­truths? Not many, I sup­pose, un­less we have an agenda to lie.

And yet, many of us do so count­less times a day by shar­ing texts, pic­tures and videos over so­cial me­dia with­out ver­i­fy­ing them. We plead ig­no­rance to the qual­ity of the con­tent and seek refuge in the so­cial me­dia dic­tum that “shar­ing is car­ing”.

I have come to the con­clu­sion that per­sons of cer­tain age, of which I am one, are not very good at iden­ti­fy­ing facts from opin­ions, fic­tions or half-truths.

It is not be­cause we lack the abil­ity to dis­cern or the so­phis­ti­ca­tion to eval­u­ate, but we were brought up in an en­vi­ron­ment where the writ­ten word had a higher level of be­liev­abil­ity — we be­lieve that much thought have

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