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    How lies become truth in online

    I wonder how many if any stories I bought into? Being a Facebook story would be my first alarm bell. Really I believe I know people who would pass such stuff on.

    ‘Nothing on this page is real’

    NORTH WATERBORO, Maine — The only light in the house came from the glow of three computer monitors, and Christopher Blair, 46, sat down at a keyboard and started to type. His wife had left for work and his children were on their way to school, but waiting online was his other community, an unreality where nothing was exactly as it seemed. He logged onto his website and began to invent his first news story of the day.

    “BREAKING,” he wrote, pecking out each letter with his index fingers as he considered the possibilities. Maybe he would announce that Hillary Clinton had died during a secret overseas mission to smuggle more refugees into America. Maybe he would award President Trump the Nobel Peace Prize for his courage in denying climate change.

    A new message popped onto Blair’s screen from a friend who helped with his website. “What viral insanity should we spread this morning?” the friend asked.

    “The more extreme we become, the more people believe it,” Blair replied.
    Elim Garak: The truth is usually just an excuse for a lack of imagination.

    Enabran Tain: Always burn your bridges behind you. You never know who might be trying to follow.

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    Re: How lies become truth in online

    Quote Originally Posted by tude dog View Post
    I wonder how many if any stories I bought into? Being a Facebook story would be my first alarm bell. Really I believe I know people who would pass such stuff on.

    ‘Nothing on this page is real’
    The trouble is, the more people repeat it the more people will believe it - repeat a big lie often enough and it becomes the truth.

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    Re: How lies become truth in online

    I remember Facebook used to have a feature where they would automatically link to Snopes, right below where someone would copy and paste a blatantly false article. I haven't seen this feature in long time but I liked it. Not sure if they turned off the feature or if people started to avoid the public humiliation. :-)

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    Re: How lies become truth in online

    Quote Originally Posted by yaaarrrgg View Post
    I remember Facebook used to have a feature where they would automatically link to Snopes, right below where someone would copy and paste a blatantly false article. I haven't seen this feature in long time but I liked it. Not sure if they turned off the feature or if people started to avoid the public humiliation. :-)
    It should be mandatory for all public posts

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    Re: How lies become truth in online

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Mawr View Post
    The trouble is, the more people repeat it the more people will believe it - repeat a big lie often enough and it becomes the truth.
    The Donald Trump philosophy. It works, but eventually:
    "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
    Abraham Lincoln
    Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/a...lincoln_110340

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    Re: How lies become truth in online

    Quote Originally Posted by AnneBoleyn View Post
    The Donald Trump philosophy. It works, but eventually:
    "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
    Abraham Lincoln
    Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/a...lincoln_110340
    I was thinking more Goering myself :-)

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    Re: How lies become truth in online

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Mawr View Post
    I was thinking more Goering myself :-)
    Godwin's Law.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

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    Re: How lies become truth in online

    Quote Originally Posted by AnneBoleyn View Post
    Except that I was not trying to win an argument, just provide an attribution for my paraphrased quote :-)

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    Re: How lies become truth in online

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Mawr View Post
    Except that I was not trying to win an argument, just provide an attribution for my paraphrased quote :-)
    I'm too exhausted for arguments! I should have made clear I only meant that WWII comes up often when making points about the present.

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    Wait a minute Anne! Still love to bicker with tude dog! Won't be giving that up anytime soon. :-)

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    Re: How lies become truth in online

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnneBoleyn View Post
    I'm too exhausted for arguments! I should have made clear I only meant that WWII comes up often when making points about the present.

    Sorry!

    Wait a minute Anne! Still love to bicker with tude dog! Won't be giving that up anytime soon. :-)
    Aw, you are such a sweetheart.

    First of all, I am just so familiar with Godwin's law

    Once anybody starts using an analogy to Nazi Germany, i.e. Storm Troopers, Hitler, Gestapo, etc I read that person has lost a chance of reasonable argument.

    A lie told often enough becomes the truth

    Vladimir Lenin


    Just for giggles a few quotes from Joseph Stalin
    Elim Garak: The truth is usually just an excuse for a lack of imagination.

    Enabran Tain: Always burn your bridges behind you. You never know who might be trying to follow.

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