Really? You ask a question like this? With serious intention of getting an intelligent answer! I don't think so. People have been falling for stories since.... well, since some guys got together and wrote the Buybull!
Thankfully, not all people are like that. Many people investigate on their own, researching stories in the news that seem questionable. Then there are the rest who believe everything they hear, see or read. Usually it's because they want to believe the story.
In this highly charged political atmosphere we are all living in, it's simply easier to form opinion from the 'group think' mentality all too many now suffer from. For an example, I think abortion is the most destructive societal act since the holocaust. Yet I believe ALL laws need to be enforced, no matter what my OPINION of them is. If a law is unjust, or as damaging as this, we need to work to repeal it, as allowed by our constitutional form of government. Few today understand that all of the freedoms we take for granted, demand from us the steadfast focus to remain able to challenge even the most heinous of societal acts, such as abortion, with a balanced common sense drive to work to replace it, or repeal it in its entirety. Our freedoms we all hold so dear, demand from us the work to prevent these freedoms damage, by and from, abuse of power in all groups in society. We have simply become complacent, lazy, and uncaring enough of others, that only what feels good at the moment, is passed off as a real understanding of all too many areas of our lives as the correct information to form sound, lasting, harmless opinion of or surrounding and lives.
The biggest issue is lack of critical thinking skills. People are inundated with "facts" that have no basis and can be easily disproven but they lack the knowledge/ skills to differentiate between facts and factoids. There have always been people like this, it's just more rampant and more noticeable now due to the Internet.
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We are a very polarized nation now. Our identities lie in our affiliations. When we get input it is filtered through the expectations of our affiliations. This is how two people can read the same article and come away with opposing views as to the message. To counteract this phenomenon it helps to assume the position of an adversary when receiving input in order to get a more objective view. If one is truly able to be honest with oneself, it works fairly well, but only if one has previously looked into the other side's views closely enough to have some understanding of their thought processes.
Our differences are rarely due to stupidity, but to our individual life experiences which have shaped our world view.
Hi, Cjay. Blue pair of jeans... Did you just imagine a blue pair of jeans? Did you also apply a voice to that sentence? I just activated multiple parts of your brain through just one perception modality; writing. (I could also have done it with speech.) I believe words are something very unique because they can stimulate any sense/perception even though they come into the brain as only one. It's almost like neuro-cheating! I can directly or eventually contact your entire brain just with these little visual characters. . I've been in political debates in which I would receive political theories from others; at the time I read their theories, they would make perfect sense but I would later think about it and change my mind. I believed it in the first place because I perceived it in the modality of language! Since language is such a powerful stimulus that it has direct access to nearly every part of the receiver's brain, it only makes sense that people believe everything they hear or read.