Here is example 986543 that there are real live trolls on the internet feeding us fake news and telling us what we want to hear, usually seducing us with some top secret tidbit of knowledge that allegedly no one else has. You too can be part of the inner ring, in the know, possessing the secret knowledge that an evil cabal of alien lizard overlords is trying to hide from you.
Not sure why, but humans sure seem to like the seduction of potential persecution and hidden secrets. “This is the story they don’t want you to know” or “Here is what they are keeping from you.” Quick, go tell the others….
I’ve written about confirmation bias quite a bit, here and here for example. It’s an issue that fascinates me, mostly because I’m curious about the truth and our own confirmation bias can really deceive us. Trolls are often a trip, they thrive off of attention, feeling powerful while exploiting people’s confirmation bias. Here’s just the “evidence” you need to prove yourself right….
So this bit of fake news that spread like wildfire, from a KNOWN troll, a known liar, went viral. He claimed that one of Roy Moore’s accusers was offered $1,000 by The Washington Post to go public with her claims. It irks me no end that people on the internet often have such poor powers of discernment while constantly congratulating themselves for their superior wisdom around matters they know nothing about.
This particular bit of fake news annoyed me, mostly because this guy is a known troll. It is not as if he has any credibility, unless it is the creds that point to the fact that everything he says is always going to be a lie.
All politics aside, human nature is what fascinates me, the limits of our own reason, the flaws and weaknesses in our perceptions, the psychological seductions we face in our pursuits of alleged truth, and how it all relates to faith.