Short Info: I got hit in the head while playing football and half of my right eye is foggy so…. here’s a repost of one of my blog posts from my previous www. Enjoy!
Because of how quickly a piece of information can spread around the web these days, we're all aware of what someone thinks, stands for, and praises.
This is true for standard concepts like hobbies, holiday trips, and a new pair of shoes. Yet, the same can be said about political views, radical statements, and one's 'the only vision for humanity'.
Many say that social media is the source of all evil and that it makes people go nuts.
Truth is, people were people, the same crazy monkey minds before social media was a concept in any sci-fi novel.
On the other hand, social media turned out to be a dream-come-true channel for those crazy monkey minds to share 'what is right'.
Anyone who actively participates in a social media world gets flooded with mostly unnecessary news (we simply can't process, remember and learn from so many sources vertically) that add nothing to the table.
What's more, the convenience of sharing things amongst the others without the fear of being directly confronted (face-to-face) works as an incentive for people to share any 'truth' they find on the platform or outside of it.
Don't get me wrong. I don't think anyone should be banned from sharing whatever he or she likes (as long as it doesn't go against the law) but such behavior made it easier than ever for fake information to become real.
How is that possible?
2) Social proof
Regarding the prior, assumptions help us move around the complex world with many variables on our way. They help match particular objects and situations with already encountered occurrences.
This way we don't have to actively think about a given action and we can move on to another checkpoint.
Yet, because assumptions are only useful when applied to a big cluster of objects/situations we tend to generalize things, which leads to false judgment.
Second, social proof.
It's no mystery that as humans - beings that tend to live in groups (right, introverts?) - we base our opinions, actions, decisions on what others do.
Thus, if more people flock to a certain choice fewer people are going to stand in the opposition to that choice. That's because we like what's safe and if someone has already tested the choice we'll base our decision on someone else's decision.
Bringing these two concepts together gives us an answer to why fake things seem more real than what's actually real.
As Nassim Taleb wrote: *Just as the slick fellow in a Ferrari looks richer than the rumpled centimillionaire, scientism looks more scientific than real science.*
The truth is never sexy and always obvious.
The truth never shouts in loud and bold headlines and rather stays quite. Because the truth doesn't have to be the loudest in the room to be true.
The truth doesn't have to hurry as it will remain no matter what.
Lastly, the truth doesn't have to fight for itself to be considered true as no one is able to deny its truth.
Remember that our beliefs might change, the law will change, the government will change, what's trending will change.
But the truth won't.