Definitely a sad state of affairs for those of us that rely on Google and social for pretty much everything.
Although many of us check the “news” to make sure the information is correct, what happens when one of our “trusted sources” then becomes “fake news” or makes a mistake that goes viral? The algorithms that Google and all the top social media channels use is great–until it’s hacked or someone tries to play a game (and I don’t mean a fun one).
Just a note of warning and a request: PLEASE check your sources and question all you see online, even if it’s a trusted source you’ve used for years.
We live in very confusing and stressful times (in my opinion), but we do have the power and opportunity to better ourselves thru researching, taking a breath before hitting “like” or “send,” or going old-school and actually talking to someone over the phone or in person.
I have a feeling we’re going to start moving away from social being the “go-to for news” when it constantly shows us that much of what we read is fake, leans too left or right or is just plain incorrect. I’ve mulled this over for a few months now and doing my best to do all the things I mentioned above, including talking to people in person. I actually miss it, a lot.
As the article states: “Google just turned 19. Facebook is 13. Twitter is 11 and a half… If the companies providing the services we rely on want to keep or regain our trust, this new normal warrants a good deal more of their attention.”
What are your thoughts on this?