Mis-Information Overload

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WRITTEN BY: BILL BOWSER

 

We are living in remarkable times. A few days ago I had lunch with one of my adult granddaughters. We spoke about the changes I’ve witnessed in my lifetime, and those she undoubtedly will see. 

The technology that is available today is amazing. The computing power built into my new iPhone probably exceeds that of all the world’s computers when I graduated college in 1965. Instant access to information on the Internet makes it possible for anyone to research any subject. It no longer takes hours of searching through numerous books in various libraries to satisfy ones curiosity. It can easily be done from your cellphone or computer in your home or almost anywhere

But, and there is always a but, how do you know that you can trust the information you find? The Internet makes it much easier to publish information than it has ever been. Unfortunately it also makes it easier to publish mis-information. This is especially true with respect to the news.

Over ten years ago I got rid of my TV because at that time I watched little more than news, and the left wing bias in the so-called mainstream media (MSM) was more than I could tolerate. Previously they had kept their liberal bias better concealed, or perhaps I just hadn’t noticed. Since that time the MSM has turned more sharply to the left. Conservatives have done similar things, but in the opposite direction, but this hasn’t corrected the problem. Today everyone posting what they call news on the Internet has an agenda. They manipulate the facts to convey or support their own view. This compounds the problem of acquiring information from people who want to conceal the facts. (Is there any doubt that the coronavirus outbreak in China is far worse than the Chinese government is willing to admit?)

I do not believe any internet news source. So much of what passes for news is nothing more than opinion or untrustworthy poll results, that it is all tainted. I am just as skeptical of the conservative sources as I am of the liberal ones. The entire news media have discarded all of their credibility. I don’t see any way for them to recover.

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