Environmentalists like to say “every day is Earth Day” to remind us that the stewardship of our natural resources is a never-ending process.
In that spirit, I offer a friendly reminder that, in the age of the internet, every day is April Fools’ Day. We all have an ongoing responsibility to be aware of the digital deception and trickery all around us.
Ultimately, it is up to all of us as consumers of media to be more critical of what we read, hear, and see online. This doesn’t mean casting off real news as fake news. Rather, it’s about becoming better digital citizens and changing our behavior, donning the digital equivalent of a mask to stop the spread of the misinformation virus.