There was a new promise the internet gave us when social media started popping up a few years ago. Sites like Twitter and Facebook have delivered on the first promise of breaking down many of the walls of communication that kept the world separated for thousands of years. Now, there’s another promise that is being fulfilled…
… sort of, at least.
Messages can be powerful. Most people have an idiom, a quote from a famous person, or a Bible verse that inspires them. The power of words can be greatly magnified through social media. Through posting and sharing, we’re able to gain insights and inspirations that were once more difficult to find. In fact, social media often allows the messages of these words to find us.
With all of the wonderful things that social media and the internet in general bring us, there’s always a drawback. In this case, it’s the potential for inspiring words to be turned into cynical words. It’s the potential for love to be turned into hate. It’s the possibility that someone can take words, manipulate them, attribute them to a famous person, and mislead others as a result.
Thanks to social media and Photoshop, it’s very easy to misguide rather than guide. Thankfully, people for the most part stick with the real words of inspiration, but a clever falsehood sneaks through and spreads from time to time.