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look it up! (then research everything you looked up)

BACK UP AN ARGUMENT by quoting some­thing found on a web­site and, re­gard­less of your in­tel­li­gence or your re­search skills, you’ll likely be told, You can’t be­lieve any­thing you read on the in­ternet.” My normal re­joinder is to point out that’s akin to saying that you can’t be­lieve any­thing you read in the library!  [Continue reading]

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lies, damn lies, fake news, and the misinformation ecosystem

FAKE NEWS AIN’T NEW NEWS. The term has been in fairly reg­ular if not quite common use for years: it ini­tially re­ferred to the mis/disinformation and pro­pa­ganda cir­cu­lated by the thou­sands of well-connected, rightwing radio talk shows for pro­pa­ganda. It grew to even vaster pro­por­tions with the emer­gence of the mil­lions of ‘con­ser­v­a­tive’ web­sites and blogs known as the Rightwing Blogosphere. [Continue reading]

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it’s better to know nothing than to know what isn’t so

THE MAIN MAXIM that I try to follow in living the con­scious part of my life is a well-known quote by Mark Twain: “It ain’t what you know that gets you into trouble—it’s what you know that just ain’t so.” These are wise words and ones that, should you adopt them, keeps you on your toes. [Continue reading]

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definitely “politically correct” (a third take on journalism taking on authority)

TO TELL THE TRUTH in the face of lies is the job of all jour­nal­ists, with lies being, you know, those al­ter­na­tive fact thin­gies that are all the rage these days. Or at least that’s what Lewis Wal­lace states in an ed­i­to­rial call-to-arms that he had posted on his per­sonal blog. [Continue reading]