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Fact-check first to avoid potential embarrassment

By Staff Editorial
On April 13, 2018

Source: Creative Commons

In society, we are faced with making decisions on several hot button issues that cover many aspects of our lives. 

Whether it be technology, politics, theology, morality or values, everyone has an opinion to these as well as other topics.  

 All too often, decisions are made and sides are taken on a whim, leading to a perception of one not having done the necessary homework to pose a position that seems educated and reputable.  

Everyone is guilty of doing it. We see a story online, on television or hear something on the radio and we form an immediate opinion (known in slang as a “hot take”). 

The problem arises when opinions are often based on solely an initial reaction and has no research to support it.  

Let’s look at a prime example that most, if not all, can relate to: Think of an instance where a photo of someone is posted on social media, portraying them in a negative or controversial light. 

 Once posted, the comments roll in from both sides of the argument and off it goes down the hill like an avalanche. 

In the midst of it, here comes the person does research and finds that the photo or article is false and states as such. 

Typically, at some point the post disappears, which one can assume it’s due to the poster being ashamed of posting something that is proven to be false. 

That shame or post embarrassment could have been prevented altogether had the person taken a little time to research the subject.  

With technology being what it is today, it’s simple to type something into Google and confirm stories yet, several do not.  

Several other resources are available, such as snopes.com, which is example of an unbiased review site that will not only tell someone if information is false, it will also provide sources to confirm truth versus fiction. 

However, this is only one solution to the problem.  

Currently, it would seem people suffer from only wanting to read, watch or listen to opinions that fit their ideals. 

This causes a very slanted view of valid, important and controversial topics.  

We need to be willing to step out of our comfort and convenience zones. This means looking at sources other than those that support our opinions. 

We need to venture to seek out information that will question our beliefs and be open to either expanding views or possibly changing those beliefs.  

This will ensure that we are not one sided, biased and uninformed. Then and only then will opinions be taken seriously.  

This not just a problem on the Kirkwood Community College campuses. It is within our families, friends, co-workers and society as a whole. 

To make change, one needs to take the first step, which is willingness to learn. 

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