The point at which theory turns to fact is part of the process of verification that scientists advocate and adopt. Every theory requires proof.
Would that we were all so mindful of our beliefs! The truth is not always what we think it, and conspiracies are among the many theories espoused without any proof. The only thing that proves is that we are not thorough and we are not scientists in our daily lives.
This can be made even worse when fake news becomes the rallying cry for our politicians and civic leaders. There is nothing civic or civil in declaring false what is true and lying to the American public. It is a disservice when those in positions to lead make people believe that the news is not real, even when the source of that news is reputable.
The scientific method would make us question every such misstatement, and prove what is so, and disprove what is not. Fine lines need to be drawn ever finer. When the truth holds up, theory becomes fact. Amen to that!
Putting a coat of varnish on an old beat-up piece is one way of making it look shinier and maybe younger than its years and wear. Like “fake news,” the ever-so-popular-with-the-conservative-base meme, varnish gives an illusion of things being other than they are. Let me explain what I mean about “fake news”– for the most part this is a term used to denigrate the factual. Varnish, in its way, denigrates a reality as well; it alters –or attempts to alter–the age and condition of the furniture to which it is applied. In this way, varnish is truly a fakery, while “fake news” is a slur against truth.
TMI is practically a plague these days. The habit of over-sharing seems to come with the desire to get social media exposure. No one shares just a snippet of their life story anymore. Instead they seem to go in whole hog, feet first and slather their facts in gory detail.
Withholding a little would be such a welcome thing.