I love this riff from journalist Gabriel Gatehouse on why more fact-checking doesn’t work to combat conspiracy theories.
Fact-checking doesn’t work because you have to build a better story.
Telling someone a crazy idea is wrong doesn’t displace the crazy idea. Giving them a better story that takes over the formerly crazy real estate in their brain can work.
Uprooting a story is never easy, but the concept is easy to forget.
Instead of checking someone’s facts line by line to refute them, look for a better story to replace all of that tangled logic with.