Facebook is Gonna Label Onion Links as Satire Because Everyone is Slow Now
Facebook is experimenting with a new feature that will tag posts from The Onion as “Satire” when they show up in newsfeeds.
Some people are outraged and wondering why they’d do such a thing. I’m here to let you know why: because everyone is slow now. Everyone. It crosses class, gender and ethnic lines. The dense does not discriminate. It’s like critical thinking has gone on permanent vacation since social media has dumbed down our ability to receive and analyze information.
Apparently, too many people fall for stories they read from the Onion and there needs to be a satire label to get them to calm the entire hell down. We can’t forget the CreamBMP and Daily Currant and other sites that aren’t even close to the quality of the Onion. I am shaking my head and facepalming for humanity because this is where we are now.
I’m the person who has to tell one of my Facebook friends that something they posted and are outraged about is fake news at least once a day. It’s my contribution to humanity. So I’m not surprised that we’ve come to a point where there needs to be a blinking red button to alert people to satire. We’ve gotten that dumb and it makes me sad.
The latest thing I’ve seen people be upset about is a post from a website that is an obvious knockoff of Ralph Lauren that has the color “nigger brown” listed. The fact that some troll will no real power behind some keyboard created the site is infuriating but why would a site with the address Ralph-Lauren dot US dot com be the ACTUAL Ralph Lauren site? Someone I know and love (and might be reading this) actually called the RL corporate office to complain. I told her that I’m side-eying the hell outta her and everyone else who believes it’s their official site. People are talmbout they’re boycotting RL because of this. O____o
People believe anything they read on the interwebs, no matter how outlandish it is or how stupid it seems. But that’s because real life is doing a shitty job of being believable. STILL… what happened to the spirit of discernment? Is double-checking on strike?
Everyone should go to their rooms without dinner and think about what they’ve done. And Facebook? Well THEY need to get GIFs working on the platform already and stop playing these static bald-headed games.
Please post this article on your Facebook wall and hope that one of your friends reads this: 5 Things To Do To Avoid Passing On Fake News on Social Media.
Y’all. Let me not write a post like this again. Take it upon yourself to tell your friends who question nothing to have a strong seat every time they’re outraged about fake news. It is your duty. Talk to your cousins. “Only you can prevent stupid fires.” – Shady the Bear