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IMHO Fake, real, conspiracy and overall just information!

One of the things that worries me and something I have published many times is the concept of information. Information is an important thing. When I was growing up, the world was different than it today. There were peer-reviewed journals; then, there still are today, but the value of those journals got thrown away. The concept of Fake News, Disinformation, and the exploding of conspiracy theories makes it hard to find useful information. One of my favorite internet memes is this one “there are a lot of falsehoods on the internet” Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln being sadly dead and long-buried before the internet was even possible (the origins of the internet we today was a Darpa project in the 1960s.

Part of the problem, of course, lies on the shoulders of the news media today. They, in a rush for 24 hours of content a day, have allowed for the concept of “opinion pieces” to be shared. The internet has also given rise to a huge disinformation source and the resulting conspiracy theories. It is essential in all cases to trust the information you get but verify that information. Tying that back to our current situation as authors, we don’t know what we don’t know. We know that the moderators do two things, one they approve the posts of non-verified users. Two, they verify that the post as shared was not previously published in the days of academic journals that were called Plagiarism.

BY the by, in the day of those journals, a plagiarized article costs you your career. I am not fighting for a return to the past. I would like to push forward more positively. Many years ago, when I was first reading the newspaper, there were syndicated columnists that enjoyed reading. Erma Bombeck and Dave Berry (yes, I have a weird sense of humor). They, Erma and Dave, were often on the front page of the paper, but they were listed as being humorists, not columnists. I would love to see that now for some of the people on the many global news channels. Someone, however, who has spent years perfecting their knowledge of how things work, has the right to publish and options. It just needs to be listed as such.

It isn’t a fact; it is an opinion. Everyone has opinions. Some people have worked their whole lives and present exciting ideas. But no matter what it needs to have that IMHO in front of it!

(IMHO, in my humble opinion).

https://virily.com/lifestyle/news-fake-news-evening-news/

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    Do you notice up or downvotes?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you have a router at home (from your ISP)?

    • Yes
    • No
    • no
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    do you have to refresh polls more than 3 times?

    • Yes
    • No
    • no

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  1. Q: DO YOU NOTICE UP OR DOWNVOTES?
    Yes (8 votes) – 89%
    No (1 votes) – 11%
    Q: DO YOU HAVE A ROUTER AT HOME (FROM YOUR ISP)?
    Yes (5 votes) – 83%
    No (1 votes) – 17%
    Q: DO YOU HAVE TO REFRESH POLLS MORE THAN 3 TIMES?
    Yes (6 votes) – 75%
    No (2 votes) – 25%

    • that wouldn’t be appropriate. Now for poison pen information – look at the ads in the middle of the page. those are all news sites that do not have any verification at all. But they aren’t really news sites they are conspiracy and rumor sites.

      The importance of facts is even greater now in the time of Covid-19.

  2. Seems these days many of the news stories are not verified as they should be. They report the first bad news they find unfortunately and causes panic.

    The polls, so far, are working as normal for me again.

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  3. This is very unpleasant to me, but it is a fact. There is a lot of fake news, misinformation and especially now with Covid-19 I think they have increased. I refused to read and only review the facts of the Government every day and nothing more. I even doubt this data is true.

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  4. You are so right about us living in a different world today than what we grew up in. And very scary to imagine what it will be like in another 20 years!

    Good to see someone pointing out plagiarism also. Some people have no clue. The same goes for publishing photos without giving credit to owners.

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