Social Media Distancing During a Time of Crisis


“Social Media Distancing”™ is a practice of distancing oneself, and in some cases blocking, banning or ignoring toxic people and misinformation disseminated on social media platforms during a pandemic, epidemic or crisis.  The original phrase was introduced by Michael P. Naughton

Years ago when I managed a Borders bookstore I became aware of Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times Paperback – November 1, 2000

by Robert W. McChesney

The book introduced me to the concept of Media Literacy. I urge you to check it out for yourself.

As we sift through Fake News or deliberate attempts at disinformation, especially during this COVID-19 Crisis it is imperative that we seek the right and reliable sources, or as my mother used to always say, “consider the source.”

Too many Twits on Twitter or Facebook or blogs are just randomly sampling, repurposing and/or recycling information, many times misinformation, to suite their confirmation bias.

This is an amazing time to study and learn and deeply understand how we got to this place and the current pandemic.

Go to Google and search further back. 1) Go to “Tools” and then 2) “Anytime” on the right-hand side and start taking a deeper dive.