I lost a Facebook friend a few days ago.
I’m not saying this person died, I’m saying I was unfriended; so it was a digital death of sorts. It is a presidential election year and a pretty nutty one at that, so I suppose this is to be expected. Anyway…
I’m not going to give away who it was, but suffice it to say that this person was purely a Facebook friend at this point in my life, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. That said, one of my pet peeves, now made more immediate by the way we spend our time in the digital world, is the willful ignorance of facts. If you’re going to post a meme or a quote or an opinion, at least take a few seconds to make sure it’s based on some modicum of truth. Google is your friend here. Weigh the credibility of the source. Do some critical thinking and ask if the source is biased for or against the claim it is making. And for the love of all that is holy, fact check yourself before you parade your ignorance in front of the world! But I digress.
Here’s how this particular “unfriending” went down.
First, this person posted the following meme along with some comment about how she couldn’t stand our “unpatriotic” President, he was “traitor,” and so forth:
To which she responded with something along the lines of, “well, he’s still an unpatriotic SOB, just look at how disrespectfully he treated that Marine…”
Another easily refutable claim. So I posted the following, again from Snopes.com:
At this point, I would’ve won some money if I could have bet on her next move. As predicted, she posted the old “Snopes.com is a liberal website that can’t be trusted” hit piece by the Daily Caller:
Naturally, I presented her with this Snopes.com piece which eviscerated that hit piece and its writer:
The truth will set you free!