“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
So many people nowadays garner their understanding about world events primarily from sources such as Facebook and Google. What this means in practice is a heavy reliance on ‘clickbaits:’ reports that are designed to appeal to people’s emotions and to encourage them to click on further links to draw them deeper into that particular web site. Clickbaits can be used to very good purpose – or otherwise! As this thought-provoking article by Katherine Viner, the editor-in-chief of the The Guardian demonstrates, clickbaits have become one of the primary ways by which post-truth beliefs (if one can call them such) have become established, despite their lack of depth or impartial analysis.