I have a theory about fake news and fake people on the internet. It’s all about how much traffic you can generate and how much money you can make.
Before you fall for that fake news story ask yourself where it comes from. Don’t assume that because the story is coming from a “credible” source that it’s actually truthful.
People who write stories are doing so because it’s their job. It’s what they were hired to do. There are so many things you have to consider long before you fall for believing the story.
The more traffic a story generates the more money that company will make. It’s how people earn their paychecks and pay their bills.
There are many great writers out there who care about what it is they are writing about. They care about facts, truthfulness, and educating the public. There are also many great writers out there who care about their content; they just don’t care that much for facts, truthfulness, but more about misleading the public.
Many times writers are driven by an agenda in the name of something. It’s the same way with politicians, teachers, people who run non-profits, and the list goes on. (Those are just a few examples)
When you are weeding through the information on the internet take this into consideration before you agree that something is an outrage or that an injustice has happened. Sensational titles are what drive the traffic to the web site.
If you see a story on social networking that sounds outlandish, you can bet that it probably is, and they don’t care! They just want you to click on the link. They want you to keep reading. They accomplish their goal which is to suck you in.
It’s like fishing! Their story is the hook, the crazy title is the worm, and you are the fish. They are hoping you not only click the article, but that you read it, see their ads, and actually believe what the article has to say.
Come on people, we are better than this! You are smarter that these silly tactics. Don’t fall for it. Pay attention to the .com, .org, .net, .biz, etc. You can research to find out who actually owns the domain. Do you know the person? Is this person well known for their advocacy?
If you’re reading what you think is a credible source mind yourself because there are many “credible” sources out there that I thought were okay but have morphed into something I don’t even recognize any more. I have a slew of sites I used to frequent that I will no longer entertain because it’s a waste of time.
Going to a site that won’t even let you read the article they claim to have written because there are too many pop-up ads should tell you everything you need to know about that site’s agenda.
If I am browsing and can’t get the article, I don’t even bother trying to read because I know I’ve succeeded in putting money in their pockets and securing their jobs. The more clicks, the more money they make. What a disservice!
I feel sorry for my friends and family who fall for it. They re-share and pass on outrageous stories that aren’t even true. It makes me shake my head. That’s time spent you can never get back.
Personally, I need to stop following fake people. Those people who set up services to generate content to keep their audience chewing on those fish hooks. If someone is posting on facebook, twitter, or other social networking platforms and it fires off content every five minutes, know you are not really engaging with a real person. How sad is that!?
Is advertising bad? No, that’s not what I’m saying. The best sites and blogs do have some ads but they don’t overpower the site’s purpose. Readers can usually choose whether or not they want to see what the ad is about and click through. Most credible sites have real people posting quality content and stories that are factual. You can research the site’s motto and check out all the contributors in their “about” section.
Quite frankly, I’m tired of being duped. I’m tired of my friends falling for the schemes and tricks and then passing it along as if the story had any credibility in the first place.
These are my words. I’m a real person. I don’t work for anyone and I don’t have any ads on my site. I’m not trying to trick you and I’m not getting paid to post. Networking with like-minded people is my goal and if I can make a new friend in the process, that makes me happy.
I’m not interested in fake news or fake people. I didn’t spend days on this post. It took me about 20 minutes to type it up. I’m not the best at proofreading and you will probably find grammatical mistakes.
I will get off my soapbox now but do let me know what you think in the comments.