There seems to be a bizarre kind of malaise among many people, in Western countries at least, in which people have stopped trusting facts, experts and science and are won over by the politics of emotion instead. In the age of ‘fake news,’ where blatant lies are overlooked and we only want our entrenched bias confirmed for us, preferably in simplistic terms, debates that should’ve been put to bed decades ago are bafflingly enduring. The flat Earth theory is surely, at its heart, merely elaborate and largely harmless trolling. But why are we still debating the merits of vaccinations?
Twitter user tsharp did us all a favor recently by presenting the facts about vaccines in a thouroughly modern way. She began a thread that perfectly illustrated the fallacies of the main anti-vaxxer arguments (mercury, autism etc.) using cartoons and GIFs to keep the easily distracted reader engaged.
While the thread was largely welcomed by people who praised her accurate, easy-to-read and properly cited work, there are of course those people who will never be shifted from their almost religiously unshakable beliefs, and will instead find ways to twist the facts to suit their agenda. Sadly, this kind of behaviour has become acceptable in today’s post-truth world, and it’s something that we as a society need to deal with. Scroll down below to check out tsharp’s enlightening thread for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!