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! [Read more] “look it up! (then research everything you looked up)”
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. [Read more] “lies, damn lies, fake news, and the misinformation ecosystem”
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. [Read more] “it’s better to know nothing than to know what isn’t so”
And telling the truth usually requires facts. Anyone telling you otherwise is either very, very stupid—or is trying to get something from you that you really, really don’t want to give up.
Cartoon by Nate Beeler of The Columbus dispatch. [Read more] “telling the truth usually requires facts”
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. [Read more] “definitely “politically correct” (a third take on journalism taking on authority)”