Fool me once

150 years ago, Mark Twain said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they’ve been fooled.”

Fake news travels six times faster than the truth. How?

Because it’s easier to click a thumbs up or share button than it is to discuss.

If it came from your friend, you are more likely to accept it as fact.

And if it’s viral, you don’t want to be the one who missed out.

This isn’t an argument of facts. The facts can be found in ten seconds by simply Googling it.

This is a problem with feedback. The feedback we receive based on algothrims designed by a couple hundred engineers in Silicon Valley.

When we turn the keys of our decision making over to someone else, we give up agency. And too often, we are so desperate to let others decide for us.

When we don’t decide, someone else will for us.