I thought I was diffusing their anger by sending them information that demonstrated the information wasn't true. I should have known. They only became angrier.
Keep in mind this was an older person who had lived their life pretty much by their word. Being older they were somewhat naive when it came to the internet. Especially internet sites that look way official.
I remember them saying, how can they get away with that "shit?"
Well as we all know, because they can. Freedom of speech also means freedom to lie.
It is one of the paradoxes of the Internet.However as we have often pointed out. Even if the internet was nothing but truth, if the truth did not match somebody's life view, chances are that person would quit looking at the internet assuming it is all lies.
Along with the freest access to knowledge the world has ever seen comes a staggering amount of untruth, from imagined threats on health care to too-easy-to-be-true ways to earn money by forwarding an e-mail message to 10 friends. “A cesspool,” Google’s chief executive, Eric E. Schmidt, once called it.
Mrs. Milkkelson, co-founder Snopes.com of speaking of how some of these stories spread so quickly states, “Rumors are a great source of comfort for people,”
For the Mikkelsons, the site affirms what cultural critics have bemoaned for years: the rejection of nuance and facts that run contrary to one’s point of view.the article ends with the following:
“Especially in politics, most everything has infinite shades of gray to it, but people just want things to be true or false,” Mr. Mikkelson said. “In the larger sense, it’s people wanting confirmation of their world view.”
But even though Snopes pays the bills for the couple now, through advertising revenue, they doubt they are having much of an impact.
“It’s not like, ‘Well, we have to get out there and defend the truth,’ ” Mrs. Mikkelson added. “When you’re looking at truth versus gossip, truth doesn’t stand a chance.”
This story originally appeared in the The New York TimesAs a person who has worked in an occupation dealing with this sort of thing we can tell you that often times the "truth" doesn't stand a chance, gossip or not. We tried to, miserably I might add, illustrate how easily one can be led to believe that which is not true in this post: Brainwashing works, we do it to ourselves all the time
We have seen persons for whom denial of the truth is the basis of their reality. Person who would totally decompensate were they have to face certain truths. For those, reality is a lie which they will believe to their death.
It is really not hard to manipulate somebody into believing they see what they don't or or made a decision that they really didn't make. The ability to do that bought me many a drunk back in the day.
Car salesmen use to take courses on how to use such methods to sell a car making the person think it was their decision.
Of course we do not have to remain blind to the truth or allow ourselves to be so easily manipulated by ourselves as well as others. The hardest truths to accept of course is the truths of ourselves.
Why do we believe what we believe? In spite of reality? Why is it I can not see the forest for the trees?
We have all heard the saying, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks!"
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