The search for truth is a perilous one. Not because there are suited men in sedans coming to silence you at every turn. No, my friends, our own egos are the biggest enemies to the search for honest answers.
- I Will Only Believe the Facts if They Support Trump/Hillary
Are you seeking the truth or aren’t you? I continually post items on my Twitter, only to lose 25 followers of one side and gain 20 on another. I, personally, do not really care for Trump – although I do see what he wanted to do & respect that. I also detest Hillary. I have since her husband was President. These are personal opinions that may cause a sarcastic quip or two about politicians, but has nothing to do with the truth I am searching for or sharing. And it shouldn’t matter to any of you either. Truth does not play favorites I am afraid. It simply is. If you are ACTUALLY a truth seeker, you will not put cotton in your ears the minute someone says they don’t like your candidate.
- Swiping Credit for “Internet Fame”
I have seen big name lawyers and local housewives do this one. Everything from collaborating on research and then putting their own name on it to stealing witty tweets from Twitter “nobodies” and claiming them as their own instead of just re-tweeting. Is a small following of the tin hat society really worth racking up crap karma? This one I am going to guess is only partially about ego as many of these internet warriors for “truth” have things like paypal accounts that their followers donate money to. Either way, it’s a dick move.
- Seeing That Last Dot When There Really Wasn’t One
Let’s be honest. In the world of citizen journalism there isn’t always hard proof. Sometimes there is only a pattern of behavior. That is perfectly acceptable and I usually ask myself that question constantly – ‘Is there a pattern or proof?’. However sometimes that last dot seems to connect when it doesn’t. Frustration, ego, myopia, all of the above….forces that dot to connect when it doesn’t really. It can turn your whole research in a direction that is damaging to your credibility if it turns out to be too far off. A close cousin to this would be seeing connections everywhere instead of specializing in one area or on one story.
Citizen journalism is the future. It is the truth outside of big corporations. Already with the Panama Papers we are seeing the world take note of this re-emergence of what journalism used to be. Just make sure you are always listening for the truth and not the ego.