I made this meme because I was angry. This week we were discussing the power of people coming together through social media to make a change, and I thought it was important to point out that sometimes that change isn’t necessarily a good thing. I’m a firm believer that the anti-vaccine movement would never have gained such a strong following without the same social media influence that helped people in the Arab Spring free themselves from tyranny. I’m not saying this makes social media a bad thing. As I’ve said before, I don’t think anything is inherently good or bad.
All the same, people die, every day, from things they wouldn’t have if some blogger hadn’t decided they knew better than doctors. I love the ability of social media to spread information that controlling governments would have otherwise wanted to keep quiet, but a little fact checking never hurts.