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  • I posted this message on FB today. Received from 'a reliable source' (even though targeting is misspelled).

    A couple of hours later I got a response from another FB 'friend' who I've never actually met but with whom I have many friends in common. "Check this out on Snopes. It's not accurate." So certain. So definitive. Nothing more.

    Snopes is a big place so I asked her for more a url. She sent me a Snopes article. In the meantime someone else sent me an article with a different POV.

    More importantly than who's 'right' in this three-way exchange, however, is that it quickly became clear to me that I don't know whether what I posted is accurate or not. And, as far as I can tell, I have no way of finding out for sure. Not really.

    Additionally, I am pretty darn sure my 'friend' doesn't know without a doubt that her 'facts' are actually accurate either.

    We are both trusting our 'most reliable sources'. But does either of us really know what's actually 'accurate'?

    When it comes to or can we possibly KNOW what's 'accurate' or 'reliable' these days?

    So we have to do the best we can.

    It's a sign of our times.

    Will I post such messages in the future? Perhaps. But I want to think my stance through a bit more first. Especially as it relates to what's 'accurate' and 'reliable.'

    In the meantime, it seems good to err on the side of caution. So even though there probably is no real privacy once we join in the flow of the Internet in general and FB in specific, I've 'upped' my privacy settings on FB. What's to lose, right?

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