There is an email making the rounds claiming that the new health reform law requires you to pay taxes on your employer-sponsored health insurance. It's not true. Politifact rates this email "pants on fire" and Snopes calls it "false."
Early on, Obama's campaign team sought to address a swamp of fiction by going pro-active, launching a website called "Fight The Smears." These efforts were basically redundant to the good works of Snopes.com.
Trolling is a growing problem online and especially in social media spaces. It clogs up our email boxes, confuses the follower/following counts and throws monkey wrenches into people actively building engaged online communities. I have created my own types based on behavior I have seen.
If you ask most people what they want the most for themselves the vast majority would say "happiness." So why do so many people spend every moment watching and reading things that are designed to make us angry or afraid?
I'm taking a stand for fewer communications, for timeout for reflection and maybe even a little research before we all hit the Post/Send/Publish buttons. The result could well be more signal and less noise.