To The Caption Reading Spectators: You Don’t Understand!

I bet you only looked at the featured photo, read the title, and told yourself you already know this post’s content and I bet you are also ready to bash me.

Then read that title again.

Isn’t this the usual process how people browse social media? We react all the time, even when we do not fully understand things,

Some choose to rely solely on the titles, the captions, and do not try to read the totality of the article; yet, the words that they are ready to fire are so hurtful and inspire uninformed opinions from others, just like fake news.

Prove to me that you are not one of those guys who talk trash before they even understand. That you are not one of those guys that just read a caption or title and then go blurting out curses.

Prove that to me by finishing this post.

People are Afraid to Start Reading

Several months ago, I wrote an article related to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about his declared State of Lawlessness (SOL). My title was this: Is the Philippines Preparing for Martial Law (ML)? We posted that on our Facebook page, and alas! I got bashed by fellow Filipinos calling me things we cannot write here.

What was evident in all their comments was that the “State of Lawlessness” is not “Martial Law”. Well, guess what? I KNOW. Judging by what they all said they, apparently, did not read the article because if they did, they would know that what they were ranting about was pointless. I explained the difference between SOL and ML; moreover, discussed the President’s authority to do so.

This is just one example of the many cases that are happening everywhere.

Aside from the fact that people are afraid of reading long texts, they are used to things being done for them or happening for them, so that they no longer want to spend the time to analyze. And when they do, they don’t read to open new perspectives, but to argue.

What is even worse is people choose to believe personalities that support their views even when these persons do not have the expertise and are senseless self-proclaimed authorities in their field. What some do is opposing to what we think we advocate.

We hate bullying, racism, and other negative “isms”, but then some individuals spread hatred online because we think doing so is “power”, or “strength”, or the commonly misused term: freedom of expression. All this because most of us think the title is everything and that they can freely negate a post outright.

Informed Rather Than Opinionated

But the real thing is this: if you do not want to be embarrassed and to appear as a gossiper, try and read everything and do your research before you blurt out predicaments. Don’t be a troll. Support your stand with facts. Do not be part of the population that spread false information. Stand for something legitimately research-based. Propagate verified details rather than gossips.

In this era, consisting of self-proclaimed analysts of that have no substantial foundation and knowledge on the principles they try to represent, be the analyzing gatekeeper. Do not just fall for anything.

As someone once said, “if you keep on reading what the others do, you will only think what everybody else thinks.”

If they love captions and titles, be different. Read. All. Of. It.

And thank you very much for even getting down to the last word. And if you did, kindly share?

About Patricia Abrihan

Patricia has always been inspired by the witty yet innocent voice of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird that she believes that writing is able to revolutionize ideas of society. She is a former college instructor from the Philippines and is currently a freelance writer and blogger managing her portfolio. She is open to collaboration and also loves reading and watching movies.

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