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February 4, 2008

Inter-Networks

The other day I heard someone talking about some fact they had found and when queried on their proof about  the subject, they nonchalantly replied that they had read it on the internet. Now I think the internet is really cool and fun and useful and informative for myriad reasons, but just because you see something on the internet, be careful about assuming its veracity.  Anyone can put stuff on the web, matter of fact-=millions of people do, that's part of the appeal and part of the danger.  When it comes to getting information and facts, we must all be independent auditors to check the sources.

From political exposes to rumors to edited pictures to sick predators lurking behind veiled disguises on-line, the internet is truly the people's communication tool--of the people, by the people, and for the people.  But that doesn't make it right all the time, and that doesn't ensure that the information we get is factual and fair.  One of the things mainstream media are supposed to do for all of us is to check the facts, check the sources, get corroborating information before going public.  It is a journalist's job to go through the vetting process to ensure the imparting of correct information.  Better to be right than simply to be first with the story is a mantra that one hopes responsible journalists abide by. If we don't do our jobs, then change the channel or don't buy the newspaper.

So stay informed and have fun with the wonderful, worldwide web, but be careful with what you learn unless you are comfortable with where and from whom it came.  And keep an eye on the kids, please.  Think About It.

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