So, I’ve been seeing the above infographic everywhere in the past couple of months. I work with a volunteer program involving students, and I saw this posted in a classroom just the other day; this morning I found it on Peter W. Sinclair’s very wonderful Climate Crocks blog which battles the scourge of climate change denialism. I think it’s an extremely important message, and it’s communicated quite succinctly and cogently.
Before falling for a news item, especially one seen on social media, do a little critical thinking. Is it properly sourced? Is the source reliable? What’s the context? Is it satire, a comedy site or trolling? “Fake news” has a terrible habit of becoming “fake history,” and now is an especially dangerous time in public discourse for falsehoods to take root.