Are You Spreading Fake News Or Good News

The other day in Church our Vicar gave a sermon that reminded me of the opposite of what's been happening in my inbox / chat / messenger recently.

I – and probably most of you – have been deluged with people spreading Fake News about hackers gaining control of your Facebook profile if you accepted their friend request.

Thankfully this has died down now, but it was irritating while it lasted.

How To Counteract Fake News

Are you, like me, heartily sick of this fake (and very outdated) news?

In desperation, I have just resorted to sending a message asking everyone who sends me something like this to check their source on Snopes.com before spreading fake news.

I like to respond to all messages I receive, so time wasted checking all of these, and even sending my “Do pack this in” message, are all time wasted when I could be doing something productive.

How Does This Relate To The Church Sermon?

The sermon today was about the parable of the sower.

Thanks to RodTheNey for the video Jesus' Parable of the Sower. It can be downloaded free from www.max7.org and thanks to Jesús Calderón www.jesuscalderon.com for the music.

The Vicar decided that sowing seeds (the Word) wasn't particularly relevant to modern day Harrow Weald, so he “sowed” sweets – throwing them about the Church.

  • Some sweets fell where they couldn't be reached, and may lay there forgotten for months
  • Some were immediately grabbed and eaten (instant gratification and a sugar rush, but no long term benefit)
  • But his hope was that some who caught the sweets would be inspired to buy “sweets” themselves to hand out to friends and neighbours – spreading the good news of what the vicar had done that morning, and how the Church today probably differs from some memories

That's obviously an example of spreading good news. But some seem determined to spread bad, or fake, news.

What To Spread Instead Of Fake News?

We live in a world where it's so easy to spread “news” with the push of a button.

Why harness this power to spread FUD? Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. I'm not trying to promote some “head in the clouds” attitude that ignores all that's wrong in the world, but if you must promote bad news, please be sure it's true first.

Better still, let's spread good news instead of fake news.

BrainyQuotes is one place where I can find uplifting and thought-provoking images.

Another of my favorite sites is SilverSurfers. When they post on Facebook it's usually sharing a happy image to make me smile, or remind me of a happy memory.

There's enough misery in the world today. Let's for goodness sake use the power of the Internet to spread knowledge, love, caring and happiness.

I'm reminded of my Nan's wise words to me when I was a child:

If you can't say anything kind or positive, don't say anything at all. Click To Tweet

Thou Shalt Not Spam My Inbox Either!

This is NOT an invitation to spam everyone in your chat or in-box with your latest “great thing”. Quite the opposite. These “amazing businesses” usually fall into the category of “One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Poison”.


Whatever you do, don't call me 'Dear' as your first contact! Click To Tweet

In my (admittedly cynical) experience “Hello Dear”, from a stranger, is usually followed up with a spam link, request to buy something, or even occasionally a declaration that we will spend the rest of our lives together. (Honestly, it has happened more than once!)

Attraction Marketing

Instead of spamming people's in-box with links and misery, there is a better way….

Although I don't always manage to achieve it, my aim is to practice attraction marketing, as taught by Kim Willis and Peter Beckenham.

Internet Marketing Bootcamp

I don't mean to be disrespectful by applying Biblical teachings to Business in the modern world, but the Parable of The Sower also reminded me of my post last week about my learn Internet marketing weekend away, where so much information about learning marketing online was shared.

  • Some are still convinced it's all a scam
  • Others came away fired up by the free training given out, and started their business. But life got in the way and they will soon give up
  • Some (like me!) are still plodding on, slow but stubborn, applying new knowledge gained
  • Some, like the speakers at the conference, have already “made it” and are sharing their knowledge to those who are prepared to learn

Which group do you fall into?



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Shantanu Sinha - July 24, 2017

Hello Joy,

Great advise here 🙂

In this modern era, whatever it is a real or fake news, it spreads like a wild fire through out. There are many who are
willing to spread the fake news. It always better to share positive vibes and love through the INTERNET it relaxes our mind.

Thanks for the share


    Joy - July 26, 2017

    Hi Shantanu

    You make a good point. When I’m not using the Internet for research and work, I like to use if for relaxation and enjoyment. Reading a load of fake news is definitely not enjoyable.

    Hope we can get the message out there!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Manish Kumar - July 25, 2017

Hi Joy,

Some people believe in “Fake it till you make it”. It’s not going to work(or last longer) because the basic idea itself is wrong.

Spreading fake news just bother people and nothing more. Checking the source on snopes.com as mentioned by you will be a great help.

I liked the quote “If you can’t say anything kind or positive, don’t say anything at all” very much. It’s better to be inactive rather than destructive.

I will tweet your post.

Thanks a lot for sharing.

    Joy - July 26, 2017

    Thanks Manish,

    Exactly! All this fake news does nothing but irritate people, and it stops me reading the real news now, in case it may turn out to be fake!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Amber Harrop - July 26, 2017

I try never to spread fake news if I can help it

    Joy - July 27, 2017

    Hi Amber,

    I suppose most people don’t deliberately spread fake news. But I’m glad you check your facts before (or if) you pass things on. If more people did that it would be far better.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

William Earl Amis Jr III - July 28, 2017

Joy, your site is always on my list of weekly reads, at this point!

Where to start? You have opened the door to amazing possibilities. I believe in only share positive things with others. That is about what I found and seen with my own eyes. I do not like to spread 3rd party stuff. That is just gossip?

You are right with “Fake News” you can here this on WBZ talk radio which I listen to for only weather. You get their sharing attitudes from what is happening in Boston. I gave up regular TV and Newspapers over 6 years now. I care less about all that negative stuff and my diabetes and other issues are no longer an issued. You are what you allow in your mind and life.

Thanks Joy for sharing so much with us. I have learned and that is my purpose when visiting sites.

    Joy - July 29, 2017

    Hi William,

    Yes, you’re right – some of it is just gossip – and I was told, as a youngster, not to pass that on as it could be hurtful.

    I listen to very little TV news and don’t read a newspaper, so it’s irritating that even when I am trying to stay away from it, somehow the rubbish follows me round Facebook.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Chery Schmidt - July 29, 2017

Hey Joy! I cannot believe how gullible people are! Really? Get the fact right before you go sharing such nonsense Right? I too waste a lot of time responding to people who have Not A CLUE if what they just shared with me is FAKE OR NOT! I actually had someone get mad at me when I asked him why he was sending this to me? For my protection? REALLY? WOWSY!

Great Post! One I will be sharing..
Thanks Chery :))

    Joy - July 29, 2017

    Hi Chery,

    Oh wow – they were protecting you LOL. And what terrible people we must be to not want to protect all our friends 🙂

    Happily the wave of rubbish that hit me a day or so before I resorted to this article seems to have calmed down. I saw several people complaining on Facebook, so perhaps those passing on the rubbish got the message – until the next time.

    Glad it’s not just me getting annoyed about this.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Edward Thorpe - July 29, 2017

Hi Joy,

Well said. Overall, I agree with you.

However, I view much of the ‘fake news’ as satire. Yet I’m usually too busy to enjoy it properly.

I’m afraid I’m somewhat the cynic and figure all news sources are guilty of shading their reports. That’s a big reason not to rely upon one source.

Good, thoughtful post, enjoyed it,

    Joy - July 29, 2017

    Hi Edward,

    Good point – but like you I’m usually very busy just running to keep up with the genuine stuff that I have to deal with. Perhaps if I gave it some proper thought there could be a deeper message.

    You’re right – it pays to get a balanced view as some news never sees the light of day, when it really should be given an airing.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Monna Ellithorpe - July 29, 2017

Hi Joy,

I fall in the same group as you do (Some (like me!) are still plodding on, slow but stubborn, applying new knowledge gained).

It is very irritating when people don’t check out things before they post them. Although, embarrassed I have to admit I’ve done it a few times without thinking.

I make it a point to share a picture with a “Rose” and a helpful quote every morning to start out the day and I think it helps other people too.

Maybe one day people will think to check things out first.

    Joy - July 31, 2017

    Hi Monna,

    Oh I think we’ve all shared things without checking properly and then regretted it.

    I just wrote this post as a bit of a rant after I had a couple of days where almost every Facebook message was warning me about some hacker. Luckily it seems to have died down.

    Sharing a Rose and helpful quote is a much better way to start the day off on the right footing.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Sue Bride - July 30, 2017

I do try and keep up with the main news but I’ve become cynical and often check more than one source. Even then you can’t always get a balanced view and have to work it out yourself, while trying not to let your own biases get in the way.

I got a whole host of those Facebook hacker warning messages so I posted a link to the Snopes article rather than replying individually.

    Joy - August 2, 2017

    Hi Sue,

    I think the Internet has made most of us more cynical (well…. those of us who stop and think for a minute!)

    Good idea to post the link to Snopes about the hacker warnings. They’ve died down for the moment, so hopefully we’ve all got the message across (until then next time!)

Lesly Federici - July 30, 2017

YES!!! Spread GOOD News! I am so sick of all the negative crap going on in the world, and in the USA … nothing good comes out of it.. and you don’t know what to believe.. So checking the source is vital. So let’s spread some sunshine – we need it

    Joy - August 1, 2017

    Hi Lesly,

    Likewise! I’ve had enough of negativity. It’s not just the USA. Here in the UK we have our own special brand of scaremongering over Brexit. It’s time people accepted that’s what the majority of those who voted, voted for. If the others didn’t want it they should have turned out and voted at the time.

    So let’s get on and make it work instead of spreading fear and doubt.

    We’re on our own sunshine campaign!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Donna Merrill - July 30, 2017

Hi Joy,

My goodness, there is so much fake news and spam it is crazy. But it is pretty easy to pin out. The thing that cracks me up the most is those Facebook guys just saying HI. I immediately block them.

About a week ago someone on Facebook commented on something I put up by just linking his article. Delete…Block!

When it comes to the greatest shiny new thing, one has to beware. For me it’s easy because I can read through it, but for others ….they can get suckered in.

I don’t share much rather than blog posts and some interesting things I see from people I know. But that fake stuff….no way.


    Joy - July 31, 2017

    Hi Donna,

    I’m so pleased you said that about blocking Facebook guys that just say “Hi”. It’s so ridiculous – I’ve been silly enough to reply in the past and one idiot’s next message (honestly!) was telling me we’d spend the rest of our lives together. I should have learned by now. Yes – block!

    I’m an admin for our business’s group and the number of idiots who just comment with their own links is depressing – but we turn it into fun by seeing who can delete first LOL.

    Sadly I have been suckered into buying bright shiny objects in the past, but getting wiser now.

    However, the fake news…. no thanks.

    Funnily enough…. it surprises me to see blogs showing fake news in the place where they can put “related posts”, instead of showing their own posts. Why they would want to take people away from their site is one thing, but some of the “news” they’re linking to is rubbish.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Elise Cohen Ho - July 31, 2017

I am all about real news and fact checking. My desire is to not spread fake news. However, I do love oped pieces. I just want to be clear that it is what I am reading.

    Joy - July 31, 2017

    I agree, Elise, we need to check our facts before sharing, and read with understanding of what was the real intention of the piece.

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