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(Guardian)   Trying to figure out if what you see on Facebook is fact or fiction, and you don't have critical thinking skills? They're developing an app for that   (theguardian.com) divider line 29
    More: Unlikely, Facebook, lie detector, critical thinking, mobile apps, MMR vaccine, automated system, passive-aggressive  
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752 clicks; posted to Geek » on 19 Feb 2014 at 12:40 PM (23 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-02-19 12:55:18 PM
Fiction.

Sorry:

on facebookFactOrFiction()
 display dialog "Fiction, dumbass!"
end facebookFactOrFiction   facebookFactOrFiction()

/Why Applescript? I'm driving an Apple today.
 
2014-02-19 01:00:23 PM
This won't work. People will still share dumb fake shiat that their friends have to comment with a link to Snopes with.  If they can't Google first what makes them think they'll use an app before doing it?
 
2014-02-19 01:05:30 PM
The really sad thing is that in spite of all of its promise as a fountain of information, the internet hasn't done jack shiat at making less gullible.  If anything, the collective gullibility of mankind is only increasing.*

*citation: I saw it on Facebook
 
2014-02-19 01:10:09 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: Fiction.

Sorry:

on facebookFactOrFiction()
 display dialog "Fiction, dumbass!"
end facebookFactOrFiction   facebookFactOrFiction()

/Why Applescript? I'm driving an Apple today.


That's all there is to say about it.  Your friends do not know what they are talking about.  None of you.
 
2014-02-19 01:21:57 PM

HMS_Blinkin: The really sad thing is that in spite of all of its promise as a fountain of information, the internet hasn't done jack shiat at making less gullible.  If anything, the collective gullibility of mankind is only increasing.*

*citation: I saw it on Facebook


What sucks about it is when you see a friend you had a lot of respect for and always thought of them as a smart intelligent person sharing one of those misinformation posts or shiatty Phoshopped share bait pictures.. 99% of the time I can spot the fake bullshiat stories merely by the website url they are linking too or the fact it's not actually a store but a shiatty shopped picture.
 
2014-02-19 01:25:10 PM

styckx: HMS_Blinkin: The really sad thing is that in spite of all of its promise as a fountain of information, the internet hasn't done jack shiat at making less gullible.  If anything, the collective gullibility of mankind is only increasing.*

*citation: I saw it on Facebook

What sucks about it is when you see a friend you had a lot of respect for and always thought of them as a smart intelligent person sharing one of those misinformation posts or shiatty Phoshopped share bait pictures.. 99% of the time I can spot the fake bullshiat stories merely by the website url they are linking too or the fact it's not actually a store but a shiatty shopped picture.


What divides you or I from these people?  How do you make a person less credulous?  But not in a "ha, you believe the official story of 9/11" incredulous way?  Is it an incurable Meyer's Briggs thing?  Are we so different from them?
 
2014-02-19 01:27:06 PM

HMS_Blinkin: The really sad thing is that in spite of all of its promise as a fountain of information, the internet hasn't done jack shiat at making less gullible.  If anything, the collective gullibility of mankind is only increasing.*

*citation: I saw it on Facebook


I disagree. We've always been extremely gullible, we just have more gullibility fuel now.
 
2014-02-19 01:37:29 PM

ikanreed: styckx: HMS_Blinkin: The really sad thing is that in spite of all of its promise as a fountain of information, the internet hasn't done jack shiat at making less gullible.  If anything, the collective gullibility of mankind is only increasing.*

*citation: I saw it on Facebook

What sucks about it is when you see a friend you had a lot of respect for and always thought of them as a smart intelligent person sharing one of those misinformation posts or shiatty Phoshopped share bait pictures.. 99% of the time I can spot the fake bullshiat stories merely by the website url they are linking too or the fact it's not actually a store but a shiatty shopped picture.

What divides you or I from these people?  How do you make a person less credulous?  But not in a "ha, you believe the official story of 9/11" incredulous way?  Is it an incurable Meyer's Briggs thing?  Are we so different from them?




Probably a combination of how important it is for that person to be right--not necessarily perceived as right, but just to not be mistaken about something--and how self-aware they are. People who don't care much about being misled aren't going to devote much time to judging whether something seems legit, and people who aren't very self-aware won't be able to recognize their biases misleading them, etc.

My mom gets caught by a lot in my opinion, but she also catches other people posting obviously untrue things, so she's probably better than average. She also has ADD and refuses to take medication for it so that probably puts her at a disadvantage.
 
2014-02-19 01:44:22 PM
Look I'd focus on more important arenas for banishing ignorance, like schools and the south in general.
 
2014-02-19 01:46:09 PM

Jekylman: HMS_Blinkin: The really sad thing is that in spite of all of its promise as a fountain of information, the internet hasn't done jack shiat at making less gullible.  If anything, the collective gullibility of mankind is only increasing.*

*citation: I saw it on Facebook

I disagree. We've always been extremely gullible, we just have more gullibility fuel now.


No, he's right actually.  I saw this post on Facebook about how gullibility is increasing.  I know it was legit cause it even had a picture with it.
 
2014-02-19 02:13:19 PM

HMS_Blinkin: The really sad thing is that in spite of all of its promise as a fountain of information, the internet hasn't done jack shiat at making less gullible.  If anything, the collective gullibility of mankind is only increasing.*

*citation: I saw it on Facebook


Did you know that the word gullible isn't in the dictionary?
 
2014-02-19 02:17:30 PM

labman: HMS_Blinkin: The really sad thing is that in spite of all of its promise as a fountain of information, the internet hasn't done jack shiat at making less gullible.  If anything, the collective gullibility of mankind is only increasing.*

*citation: I saw it on Facebook

Did you know that the word gullible isn't in the dictionary?


Untrue. Blinkin' told me that it's tattooed right above your buttcrack.
 
2014-02-19 02:45:43 PM
Of course we could just tax lies on the Internet, then tie the NSA surveillance of the Internet to the IRS.  Then at the end of each year you get a 1099-LIE form from the government, and based on your protected status you get to take a number of lie deductions (more for minors and seniors), slightly less for married people and you pay up based on the number of lies you posted and include that with your 1040 return.  Corporations of course get higher lie deductions (don't want to kill the advertising industry).

What?  Why are you all looking at me that way?
 
2014-02-19 03:08:43 PM

MadHatter500: Of course we could just tax lies on the Internet, then tie the NSA surveillance of the Internet to the IRS.  Then at the end of each year you get a 1099-LIE form from the government, and based on your protected status you get to take a number of lie deductions (more for minors and seniors), slightly less for married people and you pay up based on the number of lies you posted and include that with your 1040 return.  Corporations of course get higher lie deductions (don't want to kill the advertising industry).

What?  Why are you all looking at me that way?


I heard that this will be Obama's 2,342 executive order.  Did you know this is a serious usurpation of power?? I think all of the past presidents going back to Peyton Randolph only signed on average 5 executive orders.  Why are more people not outraged about this, it's been all over facebook for months!
 
2014-02-19 03:16:33 PM

labman: Did you know that the word gullible isn't in the dictionary?


Actually, there are special editions of Webster's you can purchase without it to troll people. You can buy them here.
 
2014-02-19 03:18:21 PM
Generally all I ever saw on Facebook was fiction, because my "friends" took Natural News as gospel, and would jump all over me for pointing out that place was lying to them, even when I could back up the facts.
 
2014-02-19 03:40:46 PM

meat0918: Generally all I ever saw on Facebook was fiction, because my "friends" took Natural News as gospel, and would jump all over me for pointing out that place was lying to them, even when I could back up the facts.


Natural News and their raw milk obsession is going to get people killed.
 
2014-02-19 03:52:17 PM

ikanreed: meat0918: Generally all I ever saw on Facebook was fiction, because my "friends" took Natural News as gospel, and would jump all over me for pointing out that place was lying to them, even when I could back up the facts.

Natural News and their raw milk obsession is going to get people killed.


If it hasn't already
 
2014-02-19 04:29:33 PM

ikanreed: meat0918: Generally all I ever saw on Facebook was fiction, because my "friends" took Natural News as gospel, and would jump all over me for pointing out that place was lying to them, even when I could back up the facts.

Natural News and their raw milk obsession is going to get people killed.


Anything involving food and "health" posted on Facebook makes me laugh.  My friend is annoying as fark with his spamming of anti GMO propaganda..  Don't get me wrong, I think it should be labeled too but the amount of derp conjured up by anti GMO share whores is hysterically inaccurate.
 
2014-02-19 04:35:58 PM

styckx: Anything involving food and "health" posted on Facebook makes me laugh. My friend is annoying as fark with his spamming of anti GMO propaganda.. Don't get me wrong, I think it should be labeled too but the amount of derp conjured up by anti GMO share whores is hysterically inaccurate.


I'm not on Facebook, but the informedness of the average person still sometimes makes me struggle with not having an undue sense of smug superiority.

//And I'm not even that smart.
 
2014-02-19 04:57:55 PM
I just posted this as being from my 30th birthday party.

img.fark.net

If you need a lie detector for that one, you weren't there, man.
 
2014-02-19 05:01:53 PM
I predict a lot of pissed of Tea Partiers whining about their freedom to hold opinions that contradict known facts.
 
2014-02-19 05:32:36 PM
The internet is a whore.

At least we still have tv. TV would never lie to me.
 
2014-02-19 05:35:22 PM
Also

nosoapradiopolka.co.uk
 
2014-02-19 06:09:11 PM

styckx: This won't work. People will still share dumb fake shiat that their friends have to comment with a link to Snopes with.  If they can't Google first what makes them think they'll use an app before doing it?


I finally had to snopes the third person who shared that ridiculous Shirley Temple/Whitney Huston nonsense on my FB feed. Glad to say that all three removed their posts. Small victory!
 
2014-02-19 06:13:28 PM

freetomato: styckx: This won't work. People will still share dumb fake shiat that their friends have to comment with a link to Snopes with.  If they can't Google first what makes them think they'll use an app before doing it?

I finally had to snopes the third person who shared that ridiculous Shirley Temple/Whitney Huston nonsense on my FB feed. Glad to say that all three removed their posts. Small victory!


The worst one that always seems to reappear every few months

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-02-19 08:21:49 PM
I'm not sure which is stupider: people who think The Onion is a real newspaper, or people who point out that the satirical article you're sharing isn't true.
 
2014-02-20 09:52:29 AM

MrEricSir: I'm not sure which is stupider: people who think The Onion is a real newspaper, or people who point out that the satirical article you're sharing isn't true.


I'm sorry the latter group helps protect you from the former.  You can't have it both ways.
 
2014-02-20 02:51:07 PM
If you look at the topics and themes of this misinformation that spreads virally, you can learn about why it spreads. It's information that people want to be true. People want their fears to be justified, things they can't understand to be simplified, the people they perceive to persecute them to be fought back against, people they dislike to be evil (and/or bad things to happen to them), they want interesting gossip, etc. You'll notice that most of this stuff originates from echo chambers - places people go to hear what they want to hear. Add a dose of self-righteousness, persecution complex, etc to top it off.

You'll never see one of these types of things say "You know that gut feeling you have about how things work? Here's a body of evidence against it". It's always "You were right all along! Your intuition and values are right after all!"
 
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