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Trust but verify, sometimes the internet is not a good source


One of the things I spend a lot of time with is my cell phone. I know, the interesting split between those my age, that don’t like cell phones, and those that use them for calls. I use mine for a lot more than calls, but I understand those in my peer group that doesn’t. I also know that younger folks use their cell phones for everything.

My wife and I were watching the movies about Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Based on Sex). During the movie, there were a few things that we were interested in, and I looked them up on my cellular phone. It is a different world. What I realized as I was looking things up, was the reality of the internet that I was using for an information source. I don’t have a great way to validate the source until when searching the source comes up first.

I have over the past few years (from time to time) dived into various things about the internet that works and various things that don’t work. The reality of multiple sources is one that makes me nervous about the internet going forward. I know, however, that I was raised in a different time. When I was 10, Walter Cronkite came into our living room and told us what was going on around us. More people watch the news every night now than did 30 plus years ago. But, I wonder if there has ever been a more trusted newsperson than Walter Cronkite.

Two sources for information is critical. The old phrase trust but verify applies to the information on the internet more than any other place on earth.

Trust, but verify the source!

  • Do you start your research on Google or Bing?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you follow the trust but verify rule?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Does nuanced information concern you?

    • Yes
    • No
  • is the internet overrun with hate speech?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.


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  1. As for hate or love views, with the internet it depends on what you seek..
    However, I don’t trust everything that the internet says, particularly with a person’s health issues.
    One needs to watch what they believe about health even if things look like they improve, because sometimes things are not as they seem.

  2. Every kind of information is available on the Net and as of now there over a billion pages on the Net. To discern what is genuine and what is not comes with practice.

    Most what is written as articles is never to be trusted – articles that are written by the likes of you and me which are most compiled but there are genuine sources that could be culled out easily.

  3. Q: Do you start your research on Google or Bing?
    Yes (11 votes) – 79%
    No (3 votes) – 21%
    Q: Do you follow the trust but verify rule?
    Yes (10 votes) – 83%
    No (2 votes) – 17%
    Q: Does nuanced information concern you?
    Yes (9 votes) – 90%
    No (1 votes) – 10%
    Q: is the internet overrun with hate speech?
    Yes (9 votes) – 82%
    No (2 votes) – 18%

  4. Well I use my cell basically only for calls just because I have difficulty typing with those small keys. I use my computer and google everyday for all sorts of information from medical, health to history etc. but rarely for news. I like to watch news on TV. Maybe I am a little bit too old fashioned. But every bit of info I find on the internet, I have to double and triple check just to make sure…

  5. I feel like I have to track everything down. There is so much information and everyone can proclaim to be an authority. Opinions vs Facts are very different for me. Opinions can be based on facts or not. It takes a very long time for me to trust a source and I never just check one. (Gosh, I guess I am not very trusting.) I shouldn’t say never. There are people here that I assume are correct based on their track record.

    I use my phone to make calls!

  6. On this side of the Atlantic, fewer young people than ever are watching TV news. In fact, fewer young people are watching TV period. It’s probably an age thing, but I feel a lot more comfortable and trusting accessing critical info on my PC than on my phone.

    • A good friend of mine works for a newspaper (they are dying faster than TV). He was working on a story and was asking questions about an event.

      Every single person gave him either the internet A version of what was happening or the Internet B.

      When he asked them (the A people) about the B position and vice versa, nearly all of them said the other side was fake news.

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