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Newsflash: There's bad information on the Internet

 
 
Reply Wed 2 Nov, 2016 07:35 am
I know, it's shocking, but apparently not everything on the Internet is true. Recently CNN and a few other news sources have begun running stories like the one below -
http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/01/media/sean-hannity-michelle-obama-hillary-clinton-fake-news/index.html
- which try to make a revelation of the fact that the Internet is basically flooded with BS.

Why is this news? Do people not know this already?

Even stranger, it's the media itself which is propagating false information yet here they are shining a light on it. It's almost like they are saying "Don't believe most of what you hear from us because most of it is BS".

Luckily they provide another article which explains how to protect yourself from bad information (if you can believe it):
http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/30/media/facebook-fake-news-plague/index.html?iid=EL
 
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 2 Nov, 2016 03:20 pm
@rosborne979,
I think thats why gungasnake went totally bugshit. Its true, he did, Its on the internet, so it must be true.
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 2 Nov, 2016 07:35 pm
@rosborne979,
There will always be a good percentage of people that will believe in those BS, so it makes it worthwhile for them to include them.
Look at what the Trump supporters believe. He's going to "make America great again!"
CLUE: America is already great. We represent less than 5% of the world population, but we are the richest.
California's population is about 40 million, but we would be the 8th richest country in the world.
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chai2
 
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Reply Wed 2 Nov, 2016 08:52 pm
@rosborne979,
rosborne979 wrote:

I know, it's shocking, but apparently not everything on the Internet is true.



Nuh uh.

http://cdn.meme.am/instances/400x/55059238.jpg
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 3 Nov, 2016 09:45 am
@rosborne979,
http://effortlesslyreading.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/cryingg.gif
Why you break my heart, Ros?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 3 Nov, 2016 11:30 am
It really came home to me how bad the situation is when I was preparing a post for another site, and did a simple search about vaccination. At least 19 out of 20 of the hits were for anti-vaccination ranters. I looked at a few--they all peddled the same superstitious twaddle about the danger of vaccination, and BS stories about children who died of vaccinations. Friend of a friend of a friend stuff, with some passages word-for-word identically reproduced at different sites. Caveat lector.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 3 Nov, 2016 11:31 am
By the way, willfully peddling lies, especially online, has become a political cottage industry.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Thu 3 Nov, 2016 11:56 am
@Setanta,
All of this drives home the need for scientific rigor in the way people interpret information. Science, based in Methodological Naturalism, is really the only hope humanity has for a single foundation upon which to consistently measure any idea.
Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 3 Nov, 2016 12:22 pm
@rosborne979,
Absotively . . .
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 3 Nov, 2016 01:02 pm
Vaccinations are something I have had since the age of six, with no complications. I was among the first to receive Salk vaccine. My four kids were all vaccinated without incident. That's all the proof I need.
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