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Letters to the editor, October 1

Going viral

Ah, social media and the Internet. What would we do without it?

Dare I say that we might have more accurate communication and, perhaps, less misinformation flying around?

I certainly understand Sean Getts’ concern about the supplemental instruction book for Advanced Placement history [DRC, Sept. 19]. What concerns me is Facebook’s part in all of this.

While his post garnered instant reaction from Denton’s school district, society now has millions of citizens across the nation who will never process anything but that Texas schools use inaccurate textbooks.

Students should be taught always, always to trust but verify.

When people immediately go public without first checking facts, “unintended natural consequences” ensue.

It’s no wonder we can’t seem to stem the flow of inappropriate posts from adolescents; adults all over this country are doing the very same thing.

Evidently, no one can seem to process that the almighty computer is uncontrollable once you send a post to even one person. Notoriety, however fleeting, seems to be the virus taking over this nation.

From the newspaper article, it’s apparent that Mr. Getts didn’t intend for his post to go viral, but it did.

I find it ironic that “going viral” has a positive connotation. A virus is a sometimes deadly disease. We should remember that and hope we’re not killing actual research and fact-finding in our haste to go public.

Perhaps we should remember that all tools (including guns) can render irreparable harm if not thoughtfully used.

Danna Zoltner