Yesterday, I created a fun True News, or Fake? quiz (“5 questions, not easy. 🙂 ”), and introduced it in the free edition of the newsletter this way:
Before the Stories: Can you tell True news from Fake? The concept sure has been in the …uh… news lately! And you’ve had plenty of practice while reading True. So take my new (posted today!) quick quiz and find out your skills: True or Fake? [Note: no longer online.]
5 questions, not easy. Have fun with it! And note that you don’t have to subscribe to get your results: you are already a subscriber. Slow down just a tiny bit at the end and read!
Then Comes the Protest?!
I have to admit I didn’t expect a protest unsubscribe over it! I guess I should always expect the unexpected, since here you go:
Unsubscribe me. Your FAKE news item is a joke. Whose opinion of fake news? Someone else? Yours? I am moving on I cannot take the frigging insanity. I don;t need you or anyone else to tell me what is fake, because it will be skewed to your bias. I call bullshit.
That’s from “JTW” in Massachusetts, a reader for more than eight years of a newsletter called This is True.
But let me get this straight: when I clearly say exactly what I personally MADE UP in the This is True Quiz, that’s “BULLSHIT” because he doesn’t “need you or anyone else to tell me what is fake.”
Let that sink in!
He Had His Chance
So much for True’s mission to promote thinking! If “JTW” can’t grasp it in eight+ years, will he ever? Not if (as I suspect) he uses chemicals to alter his thinking process. As I’ve said before: “You can lead an obliviot to knowledge, but you can’t make them think.”
True is about critical thought using examples of true news stories to, yes, entertain, but also to provoke thought. Part of the idea is to show the huge variety of ways that people are obliviots, unthinking, or just plain silly. (And, sometimes, amazingly awesome, and not just in the Honorary Unsubscribe.) So yeah: the stories in the quiz are all at least believable, and demonstrate how hard it is to tell real human behavior from the made-up (“5 questions, not easy.”)
But boo hoo! How dare a publication called This is True point out something totally made up!
I’m guessing he got a really bad score on the quiz. At least his unsubscribe is being counterbalanced by quite a few new subscribers coming in via the quiz! I’ll take thinkers over obliviots every time.
Update: Quiz Closed
A year later, the software vendor warned my “license” was about to expire, so I pulled the quiz rather than pay them again. Lesson learned: don’t use “pay every year” software for something unless it supports itself with income.
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