I am in the creative process of designing a community project that will help people to identify fake news. For the last 3 weeks, I have plunged in to the vast ocean of social media in Sri Lanka in the light of constitutional crisis, among other things.
What struck me most is, fake people are more easier to identify than fake news. When I digged into the sources of the news, I was able to judge more effectively.
Fake people are the ones who create a persona that is larger than life. They do not live by their broadcasted values. They jump on to any opportunity that come their way. They show that they care through words.
Do you wonder why these fake people are been venerated by masses?
Reason is, these fake people understand what the masses want. They give you something to believe in. They play with the imagination of the masses. The masses fuel that by giving them the attention and their power.
You may think I am talking about the politicians. Not just them. I am talking about fake people everywhere. Fake people in government, private sector, NGO’s,entertainment industry, clergy, academics, media institute owners, sports men and women, and the list is endless. I have encountered fake people in our families.
These fake people create messages that speak to your heart. They steal your emotions. They create a persona that seems invincible. They are actually not.
Ask questions. Test their motives. Throw away blind fandom. Find that fake person behind a fake news. Have a critical thinking mindset.