Don’t spread ATSLD’s and ATSCD’s

Hi. Someone thinks you’re reading an Awful Thing Some Liberal(s) Did or an Awful Thing Some Conservative(s) Did.

In today’s hyper-partisan America it can feel great to share these things, but are you demonizing your friends and family who happen to think differently? Are you deluding yourself and your peers that the Other Side is awful? Are you being used as a tool for propagandists?

Ask yourself…

Does this story/piece of media serve a public good, e.g. help to solve a crime or publicize an abuse that should be stopped?

Or is it framed as “how those monsters on the Other Side behave” or “they caused or wanted this to happen”?

Do the subjects represent the common views/behaviors that the side depicted would embrace?

Or is it an extreme that would be rejected by the vast majority?

Do I want to be tarred by the worst behavior among the 100,000,000 or so people in my in group?

Please consider bowing out of this divisive mess.

Don’t share or like it. Call it out as propaganda. It doesn’t represent you or me.

Don’t feel bad about muting the hyper-partisan bomb-throwers. Nothing you say can stop them or their fervent followers from demonizing you, and you’ll exhaust yourself trying.

Get out of your bubble, follow kind people on the other side, and be kind.

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