Dotting the social media landscape for the past 8 hours has been news that Turkey shot down a Russian jet that had violated its airspace while bombing in Syria. And since none of the major news organizations are reporting this yet, I just wanted to do my civic duty to answer your questions about the matter and tell you that I have no freaking idea if Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. Honestly, and I blame you internet. Not my readers, of course, I love you all. But I mean the internet itself and the massive spamming of speculative journalism. As such, here I am enjoying a nice quiet afternoon with the family oblivious to whether world war 3 is getting ready to start and I’m finally going to get my chance to yell Wolverine in the face of a Russian.
If Turkey did shoot down a Russian jet then that’s great. Look, it might have happened. It means internet journalism beat every reputable news organization in the world to the punch. But if you are not certain, why not just say that in the title of your spammy “news” article. Instead of, “Major Escalation: Turkey Shoots Down Russian Fighter Plane,” why not just have the title, “Turkey Might Have Shot Down a Russian Fighter Plane, I Don’t Know But It’s Like All Over Twitter.” There, that is not hard is it? It’s very honest and at least I know what I am getting. Because I want to know the truth about what happened as much as you. I just can’t find it because of all the rampant speculative and misleading articles out there.
But that is not how clickbait works. As such, I don’t blame individuals for sharing the articles as it is simply not that easy to tell fact from fiction on the internet these days. I have been fooled before and it is a sucky feeling to have spread fiction as truth. But I do blame the websites that know full well what they are doing in creating these articles? Because to them, it doesn’t even matter if it is true or not. It will be shared a hundred thousand times on social media, advertisements will be seen, and money will be made. Here is another honest article title for you, “How Weird Would It Be if Turkey Shot Down a Russian Jet? Things Would Get Totally Cray Cray, Right?” Honest and to the point.
I will be so glad when President Obama leaves office. Oh what a great day for internet truth that will be. Because oddly enough, if you search the sites who reported Turkey shot down a Russian Jet it is a veritable who’s who of conservative websites. That is hard for me to say because if you read this blog long enough, you will see I have some fairly obvious conservative leanings. However, in this story line you see an obvious attempt to embarrass Obama by making the Middle East seem a little more looney than it already is with a twitter rumor. Below you will see picture of one of the angry cows Obama has been breeding since Jade Helm.
But why can’t we just do that with the simple truth? The Middle East is a basket case right now and I do think his hesitant actions in the region and long-term academic approach have worked out poorly. There, you see how I did that? I said something bad about Obama without lying to your face. I told you what part was speculation and made no assertion about facts I couldn’t verify. So let’s try another title shall we? “Twitter Keeps Saying Turkey Shot Down a Russian Jet. I Think It Is Obama’s Fault.” That would be an honest title if you wrote it and we could chalk up a win for the distinction between truth and opinion at least once in our lives.
I don’t know what the downfall of America will be but I am certain it is tied directly to our recent distaste for the truth. We dismiss what we don’t like as conspiracy and flock to social media sites where everyone thinks the same way we do. There is little original thought injected into the debate and if someone offers a dissenting opinion they are trolled out by the rest of the audience. Then if the site posts something you really don’t like, you just “unlike” it and your baby eyes never have to be bothered with dissenting thought again. It produces incestuous thought and I have never operated like that because I figure you can masturbate your brain on your own time without me. Can you handle the truth?
But man, I wasn’t kidding when I said I love the readers of Unprecedented Mediocrity because you all have had some tough debates on here and kept it civil. I thank you for keeping the tone and intent of this blog intact as you act unafraid to challenge your own thought and can stomach those who might see the world differently. But this nonsense on social media where what should be honest good conservative thought is boiled down to a clickbait headline has got to stop if thought itself is to survive. There is good conservative thought that needs to be heard and debated if we could but clarify for others where truth begins and the bullcrap from one of Obama’s legion of angry cows ends.
So did Turkey shoot down a Russian Jet and start World War 3? Well, I leave you with one last headline to figure it out. “People in Turkey Saw a Big Explosion in the Sky where 3 Turkish Fighter Jets were Flying. It Might Have Been a Russian Plane, but No Official Sources Confirm It Yet. Also, I Don’t Think Obama Has Been a Good President. How Cool Would It Have Been If the Turkish Planes Just Inverted and Gave the MiG the finger.” There, not exactly click bait, but the most honest answer you will find to date. And if they did start World War 3, then cool, my fantasy football team sucks this year anyway so what’s the point. And if someone reads the title of the article and comments off that alone, tell them “Bea Arthur wants her panties back.” If You Can Handle the Sight of Dissenting Thought, then click Like Below on the Unprecedented Mediocrity Facebook Page!
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