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Social Media: Truth in the Digital Age

Social media is a big part of today’s society. There’s so much information that circulates on the web that it can be hard to pinpoint what the facts are or what’s just another rumor. Charlamagne Tha God, author of SHOOK ONE, explains his frustrations on truth in the digital age. 

My favorite is when people will forward me the pic with the simple caption: “Explain!” “Explain what?” I want to respond. “Explain why you’re sending me a picture of another man butt-naked down on all fours? Isn’t that a question that you need to ask yourself?”

You shouldn’t have to explain a lie on social media when you already know the truth about a situation. You should be able to simply say, “That’s not me,” or even “That’s not what I meant,” and then keep it moving. Why isn’t this enough for us? It shouldn’t matter if other people know the truth when we know the truth about ourselves. But that’s not how it works, is it? Our own anxiety, our own personal insecurities, want to clap back and “set the record straight.” But guess what: swinging at online spirits never works!

I call this phenomenon “trying to punch a ghost,” because if you swing with all your might, and even seem to connect, you’re never going to hit anything! If anything, you will only end up exhausting yourself and maybe even breaking your hand because your fist might go through the ghost and hit a wall. So before you start throwing emotional haymakers, ask yourself, “Why do I care about the opinions of people who don’t know me? Why do I care about lies that I know aren’t true?” Whenever you feel yourself wanting to swing back at people online, remind yourself: “I’m not Pac-Man. I don’t need to chase ghosts!”

The truth needs no defense, only witnesses, and the greatest witness you have is yourself! Why get insecure and anxious when you KNOW THE TRUTH. You know the rumors, gossip, and bullshit people are spreading about you online isn’t real, so why do you care so much?

For more on Charlamagne Tha God’s life check out SHOOK ONE!


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Excerpted from SHOOK ONE by Charlamagne Tha God. Copyright © 2018 by author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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