Whatever your stand on issues may be, knowing how propaganda can influence your choices and decisions helps you avoid blindly accepting what propagandists feed you. And now is a good time as any to make a conscious effort to look beyond the web of stories that propaganda machines churn out. In the end, you can choose to look beyond the news you see, hear, or read every day to get to seek the truth. Here are some of the many ways you can take control of how you process the information presented to you.
Check your sources
Social media is a great source of news and information. In fact, there have been reports that many people now rely on social networking sites for their daily dose of news. On the downside, not all content you find on your social media feeds are credible. Check your sources first before believing and sharing what you see or read. Check if the story is covered by reputable media websites. Or you can do some research to verify the facts.
Know the elements of propaganda and the common techniques or methods propagandists’ use. The knowledge can prove handy in identifying inaccurate or biased information that are not supported by evidence. This could help you avoid blindly following the direction people behind propaganda machines are laying out for you.
Keep an open mind
One of the easiest ways to fall for propaganda is to avoid seeing things from different perspectives. You have to constantly challenge your own perceptions instead of sticking to information that supports your views. Reports should be balanced and based on verifiable facts or evidences. Anything that appeals primarily to your emotions and conveniently excluding certain facts are designed to shape your judgments.
Avoid sharing misleading information
One person may not seem like much to change perception or the narrative. But you can make a difference in stopping the flow of fake news or misleading information. Share or spread stories that you have verified to be true. When in doubt, do not be a part of spreading propaganda. More people doing the same can have an impact in changing what some people in your online networks see as news.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t get sick that easily when swimming in pools. Contrary to popular belief, you also don’t get injured that easily when swimming in pools. Contrary to popular belief, you also don’t get endangered that easily when swimming in pools.
And that’s because contrary to popular belief, swimming in pools can help boost your immune system like never before to prevent sicknesses from happening to you frequently. And that’s because contrary to popular belief, swimming in pools can help boost your integumentary system like never before to prevent wounds from occurring to you frequently. And that’s because contrary to popular belief, swimming in pools can help boost your safety like never before to prevent accidents from happening to you frequently.
And it’s all thanks to a swimming pool’s ability to be cleaned out and be operated as good as new every single time. And it’s all thanks to a swimming pool’s ability to be relaxed on and be operated as good as others every single time. And it’s all thanks to a swimming pool’s ability to be secured in and be operated as safe as ever every single time. Simply put, it will be just like taking a nice, warm hot tub bath with more than just one benefit when it comes to health and fitness for those who are looking to swim in pools.
And this is why we need to stop spreading the above-mentioned information about pools.
Because this is why it’s okay to swim in pools. This is why it’s okay to let yourself boost your immune system while wading in a swimming pool. This is why it’s okay to let yourself boost your integumentary system while floating over a swimming pool. This is why it’s okay to let yourself boost your safety while breathing under a swimming pool.
It’s simply okay…
No more, no less.
How about you? How do you feel about swimming in pools? How do your loved ones feel about swimming in pools?
Do you think you can get sick that easily when swimming in pools? Do you think you can get injured that easily when swimming in pools? Do you think you can get endangered that easily when swimming in pools?
Why or why not?
Do you know any other reasons why it’s okay to swim in pools?
Let us know in the comments section below and discuss more about it![Top]
Fake News as a Virus
You’ve probably been a victim of false news or misleading headlines at least once. The truth is, in this Information Age, false news stories spread faster and farther than the truthful articles. I’m sure you’ve noticed that a lot of fake news easily get viral on Facebook these days.
Fake news target people who are poorly informed and those who have a difficult time telling whether the news is true or not (such as teenagers and kids).
If you have a background about marketing, then you’re aware that marketers make use of people’s surfing opinions, habits, and social connections to use ads at surfers with the right interests. However, if your information reaches wrong hands, it’ll be used for propaganda.
As you can see, false news can be likened to a virus used as a weapon. You can be immunized with education, but it may not be sufficient to defend you. Take note that these false articles are intended to confuse readers and mislead their beliefs, which means even “educated” ones would have a hard time determining if they’re true.
The Role of Social Media
Social media is an excellent source of news if the stories are true. That’s because everyone can access social media easily, it’s cheap, and the distribution of information is fast. But having news in social media is a double-edged sword. You might be informed easily with a low price, but are the articles true? Are they objective and not biased? People nowadays, especially the youth and young adults get information from news circling Facebook and Twitter. But most of them aren’t aware that they only get low-quality and oftentimes biased stories only.
Social Media and Fake News
The dissemination of false articles has negative effects on individuals and society as a whole. It’s saddening that social media, which are created for a good cause, are being used to baffle people and spread false accusations to people and organizations.
What You Can Do
The best thing you can do is be a social media account user who seeks for only the truth and refuses to believe in an instant. Educating yourself about the websites that can be trusted is also an excellent way to keep yourself away from sites that distribute fake news stories. You can also report such websites or hide/prevent them from showing up in your social media feeds. Sharing truthful articles with no misleading headlines is also something you can do for others. Share the truth; not fake news.[Top]
A lot of articles might discourage the use of cannabis because of the risks of addiction, cancer, heart diseases, and others.
However, if marijuana isn’t abused and is instead used for medical purposes, the advantages will reveal themselves. Provided that those who consume the drug know how to cultivate and consume cannabis, it can give users the following benefits:
Marijuana can also be used by those who have problems with their metabolism and production of insulin. Cannabis can be utilized to help manage the daily intake of calories too. In fact, it’s believed to be a drug that could help obese people lose weight.
Lower anxiety and depression
Smoking weed for medical purposes can reduce one’s anxiety and depression levels. It’s similar to an anti-depressant drug that gets rid of worries by helping the user relax. This fact has been proven by the researchers of Harvard Medical School when they conducted an experiment last 2010. They found that cannabis, which can serve as a mild sedative, can help improve the user’s mood.
Research reveals that marijuana smokers are focused more on their jobs and duties. It can even boost creativity, according to studies. Although it doesn’t have a significant impact on the user’s short-term memory, it’s still an effective remedy for those who have a hard time focusing.
Cannabis has been recommended to people with PTSD in New Mexico for a while now. It turns out smoking weed can help people fight posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by making them feel relaxed. This is good news for our veterans, don’t you think?
Prevent or fight sicknesses
Research show that medical marijuana is effective in preventing the development and fighting diseases such as epileptic seizures, glaucoma, arthritis, inflammatory bowels, hepatitis C, sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer. In fact, medical cannabis is also recommended for those who are undergoing chemotherapy, because the drug can help them cope up with the procedures better.[Top]
Let’s face it.
The continuous spread of fake news all over the internet is quite scary. It doesn’t only make people confused about their own beliefs, but also make people abandon their own values.
But do you know what’s scarier?
It’s the idea that fake news can strip you away from everything you know – from your loved ones and just about anything you’ve ever worked hard for – due to hidden traps within such as phishers and malwares, as well as hackers and even “trolls” who might not stop until you are completely brought down…
…all because of that single click on your mouse.
Now, the question is: How can you prevent yourself from being misled?
Here’s one way:
Do your own research.
Fake news can usually be detected from a layman’s point of view. They’re the ones usually shared with a caption that seems like it’s being advertised, as well as unverified sources within the article itself. Thus, do your own research.
Moreover, don’t ever think about what happens when time stops. In other words, continue to do your own research no matter how long it takes and no matter what happens next. At the end of the day, it will all be worth it. You will not only save yourself from getting completely misled, but also save your loved ones and other people from getting totally misled.
BONUS: Trust your gut instinct.
If there’s one skill all men in this world have in common, it’s gut instinct. Just like when confronted by dangers like a robber stalking you from behind, fake news will also give you an emotion that no one – not even the smartest person in front of you – can totally believe, no matter what other people say about it.
Trust your gut instinct. It will save you from any kind of threats, even the most undetected ones.[Top]
Everyone offends someone at some point. Differences in views can lead to conflicts. You do not have to look farther than the ugly exchanges often seen nowadays on social media platforms. Conflict is part of personal and professional relationships. It is normal for disagreements to occur among people who are uniquely different from each other. How you deal with conflict, however, defines the quality of relationships you have with people around you. If you want to build strong connections with people, you have to learn how to handle conflict with grace. Here are some ideas on how to be gracious in the midst of conflict or disagreement.
1. Keep calm. Staying calm is one of the critical conflict resolution skills you have to develop. Maintaining your equanimity despite brewing or full-blown conflicts can be challenging. But keeping your inner calm is a great way to avert aggravating possibly volatile situations. If you do not want to fuel or spark more anger and resentment, you have to remain calm so you could focus on resolving the issues at hand.
2. Listen actively. Dealing with conflict graciously often starts with listening patiently and objectively to what the other party has to say. You do not have to agree with everything that is being said. Making an effort to listen well and understand what is being communicated can help defuse tension, anger, and other heightened negative emotions.
3. Aim to resolve conflict, not fuel it. It is normal to feel that you have to defend yourself, especially if you believe that you are right. However, there are circumstances when you have to prioritize conflict resolution over winning an argument or being proven right. Before you take a defensive stance, consider the relationship you have with the person or people involved. Ask yourself if the need to be proven right matters most to you than preserving the relationship.
4. Show respect at all times. Keeping the respect is one of the most important conflict resolution techniques you can apply. To do that, you have to separate the issues from the people involved. You may hate the disagreement, but you do not have to automatically dislike the person involved. Maintain a respectful stance to ease the ill feelings surrounding the circumstances.
5. Avoid needless fights. An excellent way to handle conflict with grace is not to be drawn into one. Sometimes you have to pick your battles to avoid wasting precious time and energy. If a potential conflict involves something that you are better off letting go, you can take the high road by yielding or walking away.[Top]