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Posted on Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Dave!At some point, we became a society that embraces a world where facts are no longer indisputable truth.

I know this, because every time I look at Facebook or Twitter I see loads of bullshit and lies being presented as "facts." And nobody seems to care. Not the people posting them. And certainly not the people blindly reposting them.

For the longest time, I really didn't give a crap because the people who believe the bullshit and lies are the people who need the bullshit and lies to create whatever reality it is they're living in.

But lately I've come to realize that there is a rapidly growing number of people so damn stupid that they believe the bullshit and lies because they're too lazy to bother verifying what they see. And they're being encouraged to vote based on this information.

And suddenly I realize that Depeche Mode had it right all along with the song New Dress on their brilliant album Black Celebration...

You can't change the world,
But you can change the facts.
And when you change the facts,
You change points of view.
If you change points of view,
You may change a vote.
And when you change a vote,
You may change the world.

   
We have better, faster, and easier access to information right now than at any time in history. And yet a Google search is apparently too much effort to verify that the "facts" people are reposting to Facebook and Twitter aren't actually bullshit and lies.

Oh well. I guess we get the world we deserve then.

And that's a fact.

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Comments

  1. But the Interwebs say I have a 10″ penis…. How can that be a lie? ;-)

  2. Suebob says:

    Daniel Moynihan is quoted as saying “You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts.” Now people seem to think they are entitled to their own facts, or at least to ignore proven facts, as some kind of biased opinions. It’s weird. I wonder how we got this far down the rabbit hole.

    I wonder if it’s a by-product of religious culture that tells people that a book that has easily disproven statements in it is “inerrant”, or the soccer trophy culture that gives people rewards for not doing fuck-all besides showing up. You show up, you can blather, therefore your opinion means something. WRONG.

    In any case, it is disturbing.

  3. joan says:

    Yes! I always am telling my husband to quit believing those damn forwards he gets in his email. Research. Research. Research!

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