So your friend shares a news-looking link on social media that totally confirms something you have long suspected about a politician you dislike? What could be better -- now it's time to tell the whole world!
Wait! While it might be possible that Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell are secretly married and are presently raising a clutch of twelve of the cutest little lizardoid future world overlords you ever did see, before you share that link, check it: go to the linked site and read the page. At the top or bottom, there is just about always an "About." Click on it and see what the website has to say about itself -- is it really news? If so, have you ever heard of it before? Does it have a physical address? Or does it label itself as "satire," "humor" or "entertainment?"
A lot of poisonous, unfunny nonsense wraps itself up in the flag of "satire" these days. Who knows, maybe it's sincerely intended; after all, few wits are as pointed as Johnathan Swift's. Or maybe it's weaponized BS. Either way, a lot of it maps right onto somebody's darker notions and then gets shared as straight-up Truth.
Like counterfeit money, eventually it ends up in the hands of someone who sees the fake, and there you are, looking like a fool for trying to pass off nonsense as news.
Take an extra minute. Check out the source. Hey, worst-case, you'll get to see cute baby pictures of the future rulers of the planet, right?
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