How To Be Informed During This Election Season Instead Of An Ignorant Social Media "Karen"
Start writing a post

If the headline of this article made you feel like I stepped on your toes, good. Keep reading. Just so we're clear on the definition of Karen, here's a resource. It's not a valid resource, but in terms of a slang dictionary, Urban Dictionary is reliable.

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Karen


Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's discuss the way scrolling through Facebook has probably made anyone feel lately. If it's not a combination of "AAAAAHHHH" or "WHATTHEHECK" or "WHYWHYWHYWHY" or "nonononono", then you are one of the lucky ones. Lately, my entire FEED has been populated with politics. Now, a little background about me, I'm an enneagram type 9 and my last instinct is to engage in any conflict. However, if the matter is messing with my inner peace, I will engage in conflict to keep my internal peace in check. So, with that being said, nothing grinds my gears more than misinformed articles being BROADCASTED to the world of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.. you name it.

For example, a slideshow:

1. "If the Democrats win, it will destroy religious freedom." 


Regardless of where you get your information, remember that we become what we behold. If you are consistently getting your information from a source that is heavily leaning left, then of course you'll vote with the democratic party. If you're always watching Fox News every morning, you'll most likely be voting right. It's not hard to realize that the media has a direct impact on our thought process and how we treat other human beings because of our political opinion.

Now that you've seen a few examples of what not to post, you might be asking yourself, how can I be an informed person on social media?

1. Before posting, if you see an article headline that has extreme vocabulary, fact check it on a neutral news outlet or source.

Before you retweet, repost, or respond to an article- make sure it's coming from a valid news source! The posts above came from Western Journal and Newsmax. Have you heard of those websites? Of course not. They might just be internet bots for all that you know. Usually, the source alone will tell you if it is a bias piece of writing. New York Times has an entire section dedicated to going through articles and the presidential debates and fact-checking them all. Also, a few neutral news outlets include BBC, C-SPAN, PBS, Bloomberg, abc News, and AP News.

2. Google a question in incognito mode.

Did you know that our browsers track our online history and the information that we tend to consume? If you have a political question, open an incognito-mode window to see if you get different search results than you would on a normal browser. Our computers collect more information than you think.

3. When you see a post that has not come from a valid news source, kindly reach out/ report it.

You can either comment on whoever has posted the misinformed article and ask them to take it down or on Facebook you can report the post for false news. I tend to simply report articles for false news since they don't help anyone.

4. Watch out for biases.

Biases are dangerous. We're all opinionated adults, but a lot of the time there are hidden (or not so hidden) biases that are attached to news articles. Again, stay in the neutral zone to get reliable information.

5. Before you post, think to yourself "Would I be proud to have this on my headstone when I die?"

Is it morbid, kind of? But truly, do you want people to remember you in light of what you've been posting on social media because of the election?

6. When in doubt, stick to the chart.

Or the website, explaining the chart. On the website, you can search for any news outlet to see where it falls on the chart.

https://www.adfontesmedia.com/


For example, here's a screenshot from the Western Journal that was mentioned earlier. The black circle is where it falls on the chart, and our aim as informed members of society is to be in the green box. Is it the worst source? No, there are more tragic sources that are producing bogus information. But folks, it's very low on the scale. Be careful out there, social media is a dangerous place.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Swoon

I Rated The 6 Best Seasonal Dates So You Don't Have To Go To Pinterest For Your Next Holidate

My boyfriend and I have the best holiday date list prepared so you don't have to search Pinterest for your next idea!

63354
Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

I would just like to note that I am a little biased because they were all great dates, and I know he's going to read this. So here's a quick, little reminder that I love my boyfriend very much!

Keep Reading... Show less

With a huge sigh of relief, we can safely say that Joe Biden has won the election.

Keep Reading... Show less
Instagram: @greysabc

At the end of their last episode, "Grey's Anatomy" teased the return of another character from Meredith's past. After the return of Patrick Dempsey's, Derek Shepherd, Grey's fans know that no one is off-limits.

The return of these characters comes after Meredith was diagnosed with COVID-19 and began experiencing hallucinations of her loved ones.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

I love listening to Christmas music just as much as the next person, but when I turn on my local holiday radio station each year, it just feels repetitive. No hate to musicians like Burl Ives or Nat King Cole, but Christmas music needs an update. Personally, I'm tired of the same "Let It Snow" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". So plug in your Christmas tree, make some hot cocoa, and listen to these amazing (and updated) holiday songs.

Keep Reading... Show less

With the holidays right around the corner, there are many things to look forward to. Time with family, friends, great food, overall seasonal joy... And now the fragrances from Jennifer Lopez.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

10 Christmas Songs For Your Festive Playlist

I have no shame in starting to feel festive super early.

19651

All of these songs are definitely popular. However, I have the strong opinion that having the songs on your Christmas playlist be popular is extremely important. Having everyone sing to the songs is most of the fun; it adds to the festivity of whatever you're doing.

Personally, I love to bake cookies and hum along as I cannot sing and no one should ever hear me. Whatever you do for the holidays, enjoy your festive time and the season!

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

5 Movies And TV Shows That Got Mental Illness Right​

There is a very fine line between representation for mentally ill people and demonizing them for the sake of entertainment. Hollywood has a tendency to sensationalize mental illness, but these shows and movies got it right.

5200
Lionsgate

At the risk of being dismissive of all the progress we've made, mental health representation is still seriously lacking. Many shows fall into the traps of making their mentally ill character violent, making professional help seem useless, or making characters who don't reflect the reality for people living with mental illness.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

10​​ Songs That Made It Onto My November Playlist

Another month of finding new music during unusual times

48604

A new month means new music! Like each month, I've collected my top 10 new songs or discoveries into a playlist. This November didn't have too many new releases, however, I did find a few and a couple of new discoveries.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments