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(Slate)   A look at why Facebook is full of idiotic half-baked stories about miracle cures claiming to be science. Shockingly, this has nothing to do with trying to cull the herd   (slate.com) divider line 33
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4105 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Feb 2014 at 8:28 AM (8 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-02-19 08:29:45 AM
Because people want to believe.
 
2014-02-19 08:33:56 AM

MemeSlave: Because people want to believe.



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2014-02-19 08:34:05 AM
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2014-02-19 08:34:48 AM
I'd love to know where the other weird shiat comes from. I had three people this week share a pic of a women holding a very obvious fake gun to a babies head and encouraging people to witch hunt her down and "make her famous".
 
2014-02-19 08:35:20 AM
The only people I've seen spreading these posts are women and a few libertarian dudes that love a good government conspiracy.
 
2014-02-19 08:35:42 AM
This has less to do with Facebook and more to do with who you have as friends.
 
2014-02-19 08:36:05 AM
People spend too much time on facebook. Get a farking job.
 
2014-02-19 08:38:49 AM

pkellmey: This has less to do with Facebook and more to do with who you have as friends.


Bingo.  Facebook isn't vomiting this information around(although their algorithm's might have something to do with keeping it around longer), it's your "friends" that are mashing the Share button in a vain and misguided attempt to "educate" the masses.  That's why the gracious corporate overlords at FB made the unfollow button.
 
2014-02-19 08:40:10 AM
That's it. I'm switching from olives to lemon peel in my martinis. Imona live and drink fo'evah, biatches.
 
2014-02-19 08:46:55 AM
I had someone post some article about how to increase  your vibrational frequency, the other day.

I was just dumbfounded.
 
2014-02-19 08:47:51 AM
What is this Facebook thing?

It sounds like it is full of loonies and crackpots.
It also sounds like it just takes your personal information and sells it for profit, from other postings here on Fark.

Why would anyone go to that website for anything.?
 
2014-02-19 08:49:22 AM

lindseyp: I had someone post some article about how to increase  your vibrational frequency, the other day.

I was just dumbfounded.


Switch the vibrator from "low" to "OMFG!!!1!"
 
2014-02-19 08:49:43 AM
I have a few of those 'new-age friends' who like to post this kind of stuff. Every couple days I see a story about 'this will cure cancer' or 'rid your body of bad chi'. They're also proponents of astrology and how the New World Order will kidnap you in your sleep
 
2014-02-19 08:50:59 AM

farker99: What is this Facebook thing?

It sounds like it is full of loonies and crackpots.
It also sounds like it just takes your personal information and sells it for profit, from other postings here on Fark.

Why would anyone go to that website for anything.?


Reading linked Facebook comments on sites is pretty hysterical.

They usually go from zero to full on derp in the Weeners.

And nope ...I don't have a Facebook account.
 
2014-02-19 08:51:55 AM
The recent snow storm really brought out the gullible. Snow that burns, unnatural snow that's shaped like straw, chemtrails....it was all there. Most people responded to debunking information graciously, but there were a few who just seemed determined to believe everything, every last sodding thing, is a government plot.
 
2014-02-19 08:58:41 AM
I've currently got one on my feed about mistletoe curing cancer and another about rubbing a lime on your forehead to cure a headache. There aren't enough Snopes links to go around.
 
2014-02-19 08:58:46 AM
This kind of "I want to believe" garbage has been going on forever.  Back in the early 80's my mother died of brain cancer.  My grandmother was flat out screaming at the doctor because he didn't try any of the "miracle cures" she'd read about in Reader's Digest.

People who glurge should be slapped senseless. (Well, more senseless)
 
2014-02-19 09:03:20 AM

atlantic_lotion: People spend too much time on facebook. Get a farking job.


...as you post on Fark.
 
2014-02-19 09:13:34 AM
"Shockingly, this has nothing to do with trying to cull the herd  "

And usually everything to do with pilfering your wallet.
 
2014-02-19 09:15:16 AM

lackadaisicalfreakshow: I've currently got one on my feed about mistletoe curing cancer and another about rubbing a lime on your forehead to cure a headache. There aren't enough Snopes links to go around.


Isn't mistletoe poisonous? If so, then I suppose it'd kill you before cancer does.
 
2014-02-19 09:25:46 AM
A couple of weeks ago, one of my acquaintances posted a link to a story about how the Jews are kidnapping black children and putting them in McDonald's burgers.  I tried to find out if it was satire, but it appeared to be sincere.

WordyGrrl: Isn't mistletoe poisonous? If so, then I suppose it'd kill you before cancer does.


Depends on what variety and what part of the plant you eat.  But hey, if you have cancer and you eat the dangerous mistletoe and die, then you kill the cancer!  CURED.  Claim totally proven!
 
2014-02-19 09:37:46 AM
Dermatologists hate this one school teacher's weird trick so Obama banned this video about this one food you eat and never have to diet again.
 
2014-02-19 09:37:58 AM
I always wanted to get a good web designer (with a matching sick sense of humor) to help me make a REALLY pretty website that I could post on Facebook,

The main message of this site would be "Women! Drinking a quart of bleach a day can prevent aging!"

That and "Guys! To get big swoll and get a bigger johnson, you need to sip this! Isotopes!" and then reference some radioactive liquid. If only to promote sterility.

/ Morbid
 
2014-02-19 09:40:10 AM

The Dogs of War: I have a few of those 'new-age friends' who like to post this kind of stuff. Every couple days I see a story about 'this will cure cancer' or 'rid your body of bad chi'. They're also proponents of astrology and how the New World Order will kidnap you in your sleep


My two favorites are the perennial "don't get a flu shot or you'll turn into a government zombie" posts, and the one about the fruit water miracle weight loss drink.

Because if fat people replace their gallon of Mountain Dew per day with a gallon of lightly fruity water, of course they'll lose weight. I got I unfriended by a work aquaintence when I pointed out that drinking tap water instead of soda would produce the same effect.
 
2014-02-19 09:41:39 AM
But that Pink Drink, yo!
 
2014-02-19 09:47:14 AM

El Dudereno: The Dogs of War: I have a few of those 'new-age friends' who like to post this kind of stuff. Every couple days I see a story about 'this will cure cancer' or 'rid your body of bad chi'. They're also proponents of astrology and how the New World Order will kidnap you in your sleep

My two favorites are the perennial "don't get a flu shot or you'll turn into a government zombie" posts, and the one about the fruit water miracle weight loss drink.

Because if fat people replace their gallon of Mountain Dew per day with a gallon of lightly fruity water, of course they'll lose weight. I got I unfriended by a work aquaintence when I pointed out that drinking tap water instead of soda would produce the same effect.


My current mother in law used to foward emails full of derp, I'd respond with the specific Snopes link every time.  She took me off her distribution list.   Victory is mine!
 
2014-02-19 10:27:19 AM

Comic Book Guy: pkellmey: This has less to do with Facebook and more to do with who you have as friends.

Bingo.  Facebook isn't vomiting this information around(although their algorithm's might have something to do with keeping it around longer), it's your "friends" that are mashing the Share button in a vain and misguided attempt to "educate" the masses.  That's why the gracious corporate overlords at FB made the unfollow button.


I loooooove the unfollow button. I've used it on a few friends & family because this kind of Natural News crap is all they talk about. I check in on them from time to time but it's the same anti-GMO, chemtrails, age of autism, vaccines are going to kill you, supplements will cure everything crap. They're like a one note song.

It works great until you forget that they're still able to see your posts. You accidentally post something that trips one of their conspiracy keywords and they take a giant steaming shiat all over the comments. I had to tell a pretty close (and formerly well respected by me) family member to kindly STFU, GTFO and STFQ (stay the fark quiet) should anything I say trip one of his "Medical science bad!!!" keywords and he felt the need to start shiatting links all over my timeline in order to "educate" me.

People like this count on everyone else being too polite to call them on their bullshiat. I finally got fed up with it. I'm fine with them using their own wall to erect billboards showcasing their ignorance but don't litter my wall with that shiat.
 
2014-02-19 11:30:24 AM
I don't have a facebook account.

I thought about it, but decided why in the hell should I join a ton of idiots whose lives seem to depend on the darn social network anyhow? Plus, I got irritated at how all of these facebook icons started showing up on assorted websites to 'like' things.

I downloaded a blocker which gets rid of most of them.

I believe in the health benefits of fruit and vegetable juices but I'm not stupid enough to believe that any of them contain a magical cure for anything, aside from Scurvy.

I stumbled on a Natural website the other day while looking for a fruit or vegetable which would help me get over a cold I caught. After reading about some of the fantastic benefits, I realized I'd come across a bunch of crap.

I filed the website with many others in my Lunatic Fringe folder, cracked open a bottle of V-8 and juiced some celery, apple and ginger to add to each glassful. Celery packs a lot more nutrients than most folks realize. So do apples, though an 'apple a day will not keep the Dr. away'.

Since the Internet opened up, the Lunatic Fringe has been flourishing with the ability to spread so many half-truths, lies, distortions and crackpot science. Sometimes, I wonder who first came up with the idea to rig YouTube videos to show off fake actions and pass them off as real.

There are times when there is such a thing as too much information.
 
2014-02-19 01:56:35 PM
Area Man Constantly Mentioning He Doesn't Have a Facebook Account
 
2014-02-19 03:39:07 PM

xanadian: lindseyp: I had someone post some article about how to increase  your vibrational frequency, the other day.

I was just dumbfounded.

Switch the vibrator from "low" to "OMFG!!!1!"


Or digital pager to jackhammer.

/Switch to 220V for full effect.
 
2014-02-19 04:01:38 PM
I'm so glad our federal indoctrination camps ... errrr Schools, have insulated students from this stupidity.
 
2014-02-19 05:37:32 PM

farker99: What is this Facebook thing?


It's how you get to farmville
 
2014-02-19 11:46:41 PM

Rik01: I don't have a facebook account.

I thought about it, but decided why in the hell should I join a ton of idiots whose lives seem to depend on the darn social network anyhow? Plus, I got irritated at how all of these facebook icons started showing up on assorted websites to 'like' things.

I downloaded a blocker which gets rid of most of them.

I believe in the health benefits of fruit and vegetable juices but I'm not stupid enough to believe that any of them contain a magical cure for anything, aside from Scurvy.

I stumbled on a Natural website the other day while looking for a fruit or vegetable which would help me get over a cold I caught. After reading about some of the fantastic benefits, I realized I'd come across a bunch of crap.

I filed the website with many others in my Lunatic Fringe folder, cracked open a bottle of V-8 and juiced some celery, apple and ginger to add to each glassful. Celery packs a lot more nutrients than most folks realize. So do apples, though an 'apple a day will not keep the Dr. away'.

Since the Internet opened up, the Lunatic Fringe has been flourishing with the ability to spread so many half-truths, lies, distortions and crackpot science. Sometimes, I wonder who first came up with the idea to rig YouTube videos to show off fake actions and pass them off as real.

There are times when there is such a thing as too much information.


Before the internet, everyone knew one or two conspiracy derpers. I usually just nodded and smiled and didn't pay them much mind.

However, post internet they've actually found a medium to join together, forming a voltron of derp. A derpton if you will. Also, now with the anonymity of the intertubes and the lack of face to face conversation, people are more likely to confront them, or correct their derp. Instead of inward reflection, which most people would likely entertain in the face of many many people telling you are wrong, its actually had the opposite effect. It drives them further into their conspiracy shell and actually reinforces their beliefs. Lather, rinse, repeat.

The internet is a strange mistress. She gas single handedly ended the concept of a bar argument, while creating beasts like derptron.
 
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