No​ ​matter​ ​the​ ​insanity​ ​or​ ​the​ ​complexities​ ​of​ ​the​ ​force​ ​that​ ​tends​ ​to​ ​divide​ ​our​ ​country,​ ​we’d always​ ​come​ ​together​ ​and​ ​try​ ​to​ ​preserve​ ​what​ ​little​ ​unity​ ​we​ ​had​ ​left.​ ​Today,​ ​our​ ​emotions change​ ​the​ ​instant​ ​we​ ​see​ ​a​ ​headline​ ​that​ ​does​ ​fit​ ​with​ ​what​ ​we​ ​believe​ ​in.  

Recently,​ ​that​ ​technology​ ​has​ ​transformed​ ​the​ ​media​ ​into​ ​a​ ​malevolent​ ​storm​ ​of​ ​likes, downvotes,​ ​and​ ​retweets.​ ​Since​ ​the​ ​media​ ​is​ ​extremely​ ​personalized​ ​to​ ​fit​ ​any​ ​individual,​ ​that storm​ ​now​ ​measures​ ​the​ ​quality​ ​of​ ​the​ ​media​ ​we​ ​consume​ ​on​ ​a​ ​daily​ ​basis. 

And​ ​some​ ​of​ ​what’s​ ​given​ ​to​ ​us​ ​could​ ​be​ ​altered​ ​in​ ​a​ ​way​ ​that​ ​fits​ ​our​ ​personal​ ​views.​ ​That’s​ ​how partisanship​ ​works. 

With​ ​this​ ​situation,​ ​we​ ​need​ ​to​ ​think​ ​more​ ​simplistic.​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​read​ ​only​ ​the​ ​headlines​ ​or​ ​the content​ ​with​ ​it?​ ​Is​ ​the​ ​headline​ ​in​ ​ALL​ ​CAPS?​ ​Are​ ​they​ ​telling​ ​both​ ​sides​ ​of​ ​the​ ​story?​ ​How​ ​do you​ ​feel​ ​when​ ​you’re​ ​reading​ ​a​ ​news​ ​article?​ ​Do​ ​they​ ​have​ ​the​ ​sources​ ​to​ ​back​ ​it​ ​up?​ ​Will​ ​you share​ ​the​ ​news​ ​article?​ ​What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​expect​ ​to​ ​happen​ ​once​ ​it’s​ ​shared?​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​show​ ​dislike towards​ ​the​ ​opposing​ ​party,​ ​or​ ​better​ ​yet,​ ​has​ ​this​ ​reaffirmed​ ​your​ ​support​ ​for​ ​your​ ​own​ ​party?  

It’s​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​accept​ ​things​ ​that​ ​doesn’t​ ​fit​ ​with​ ​how​ ​we​ ​see​ ​the​ ​world,​ ​but​ ​there​ ​is​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​that holds​ ​no​ ​bias:​ ​facts.​ ​Posting​ ​it​ ​on​ ​the​ ​internet​ ​is​ ​one​ ​thing,​ ​but​ ​weaving​ ​it​ ​into​ ​an​ ​entertaining narrative​ ​is​ ​huge.  

The​ ​best​ ​way​ ​we​ ​can​ ​address​ ​false​ ​media​ ​is​ ​to​ ​think​ ​about​ ​the​ ​issues​ ​from​ ​both​ ​sides.​ ​Part​ ​of being​ ​human​ ​is​ ​your​ ​will​ ​to​ ​think.​ ​Don’t​ ​let​ ​the​ ​media​ ​do​ ​it​ ​for​ ​you.