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Click bait is not news

A comment: Get a grip, people!

Please listen. It is the smart person who looks for information and wants to stay broadly informed. But it is unwise to accept the first “explanation” of things that pops up on your screen and comes across as a “You won’t believe what I have to tell you!” - “I’m your sole source!!” - “Watch this before THEY delete it!!!” - type of storytelling. That is not investigative reporting. It is designed to strike at our hidden suspicions and confirm our unfounded but blackest fears.

When you see something like that, search for another source just so you aren’t listening to one person with likely ulterior motives, especially in stressful times like these. And if it makes you gasp rather than think, remember how you feel when watching an action movie and things are blowing up on the screen. That is NOT how it should be when reading the news.

Facts are boring but facts are facts. Remember that you should never be driven to fear, anger or hate because that always leads to the dark side and suffering.

Doug Kaer



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