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Navigating your way through the current political climate can be incredibly difficult. Disinformation campaigns are tactics that are often used to divert attention away from the truth, and uninformed people commonly parrot those biased tropes. It can be hard to know where the truth lies, and the strong feelings and various levels of accessible information can make it difficult to know exactly where to begin. If you want to know how to be more informed and knowledgeable about current events, this article is for you.

Do More Research

Research is critical to having an informed political opinion. However, it is of the utmost importance that the information you access is of high quality. It is easier than ever to publish information online, and with the copious amounts of bad actors supplying social media with their intentional misdirection, you’ll often find people with an agenda trying to pass off their rhetoric as moderate political beliefs. In reality this information is usually much further away from the truth.

Stay Aware With Social Media

Although many people base their political justifications on what they see from others, you should never use information gained from social media as a platform for a political belief. Instead, use it as a tool for understanding how other people think, and where they get their information. It is critical that you learn how to spot a peer-reviewed article. By comparing claims you see on social media with peer-reviewed studies, historical accounts and sociological facts, you’ll be much more likely to come out with a more solid stance worth defending.

Stay Informed

We are currently living in the information age and with big news breaking seemingly every hour, it’s important to stay on top of facts versus curated fictions. Check the news every morning, and have access to honest news organizations. If you hear a claim, ensure that it is backed up with actual evidence and use multiple sources to confirm those claims.

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