A Letter From the President

A Message from Joe B. Smith President & CEO, Smith Brothers Insurance This month, I’m sharing an article on the subject of misinformation and how one can get manipulated with news and social media outlets – 7 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Misinformation Superspreader At the end of the year, I wrote a State of the Company report for our stakeholders and spoke about social media as being a powerful double edge sword. An incredible outlet for data and connectivity, yet it also makes us all very vulnerable to misinformation. This misinformation could also lead to significant attitude and behavioral changes causing much of a divide in the country. This article addresses ways to value truth and accuracy over spreading misinformation. I have found that being empathetic, listening before talking, and making sure you hear multiple sources and sides of the information flow will help balance your thoughts. Balanced thoughts lead to a less emotional and more thoughtful way to expressing oneself and forming your belief system. “The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.” – Edward R. Murrow Be Sure. Joe


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