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Should something be said to correct them? (Facebook and 'infotainment')

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RebeccainGA:
This is one of those "discussion" sort of things - my solution at this point is to not say something directly to the person in question, but I have posted several times about the reality of the issue (not their POV-heavy scare tactics!).

I have a Facebook friend who is very, very, dark Green-with-Orange stripes. I'm also Green, but a very light Green, and with Purple stripes. Oranges and Purples don't get along, frequently, because of their significant clashes in ideology, and dark Greens often think light Greens aren't really Green at all, but really Red. In other words, no matter what personal relationships there may be, it's unlikely we will ever, ever agree.

My Facebook friend (someone I'm not close to, but MANY of my real friends are, and we were cordial once upon a time) posts regular, fact-free rants about Topic X, and why Mr. Z should DO!!!!! SOMETHING!!!!Eleventy!!!! about Topic X. These aren't even her rants - they are repostings from some well known, Orange sites. She states agreement with them, and snarks about Mr. Z, but generally just reposts these things. These are truly fact-free postings - and the facts, which are public records, directly contradict both the letter and spirit of what these things say. Some of them to the point of almost sounding (or actually sounding) a bit like the tinfoil-hat brigade. Truly kooky.

I know what my response is, as I stated above. However, I'd love to know how others would handle this, as at some point I may need to change tactics (just for sanity's sake) and I'd like to be prepared. No, unfriending her, or hiding all her posts, isn't an option - she's friends with too many of my real friends, and posts pictures and things from/about people I truly DO like and want to stay in touch with, from events they go to together (they're all in the same city - I have moved far away). I also worry that perhaps ANY tactic is going to be teaching the pig to waltz - leaving me muddy and annoying the pig, with no success.

Thanks!

Hillia:
I have a cousin and a BIL on exact opposite sides of just about every major issue of the day, to the point where some of their postings are of the raving, name-calling, tinfoil-hat-wearing variety, so I'm getting hammered from both sides ("Tastes great!" "Less filling!")  It's taken me about 2 years to learn to just scroll past the nutty posts to the ones I'm interested in.

I have to keepreminding myself of the cartoon caption: "I must take action!  Someone on the Internet is wrong!!!", because really, it doesn't matter.  I'm not going to change their minds by pointing out any half-truths/untruths/myths they post; I'm not going to inform or enlighten them or the people who agree with them, so why bother?  Take a deep breath and move on.

Sharnita:
I would reply with a snopes or factcheck link when available.

amylouky:
Ignore, ignore, ignore. She has the right to post whatever she wants, even if it is factless and belongs in the tin foil hat brigade.
If you feel like getting in a pointless debate/pig waltz, feel free to comment on her posts but I've found people that post that kind of stuff are just trying to be inflammatory, an dyou'd just be feeding in to it. You're not going to change her mind.
If you can't bring yourself to block or defriend, just skim right over them.

RebeccainGA:

--- Quote from: Hillia on May 02, 2013, 02:12:18 PM ---I have to keepreminding myself of the cartoon caption: "I must take action!  Someone on the Internet is wrong!!!", because really, it doesn't matter.  I'm not going to change their minds by pointing out any half-truths/untruths/myths they post; I'm not going to inform or enlighten them or the people who agree with them, so why bother?  Take a deep breath and move on.

--- End quote ---

I am beginning to think I should have that cartoon as a tattoo. On the back of my hand.

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