Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ok, my one simple internet rule

The internet is vast sea of knowledge and lies.  If there is one thing that I have learned from my use of the interweb over the years is that there is one simple rule to follow:

"Everything you read on the internet is true, if you don't believe everything you read."

Now I am not saying we shouldn't read, the opposite is quite true, we need to read more critically.  Anyone with a computer and by hacking their neighbors internet connection can publish a blog.  Which is scary, but I could make a blog post about how growing a mullet will make you do better in school with no more work.  Give you some fake numbers and say its the truth.

Thats the problem and the reason we need to read more critically.  A critical reader would check the proof, look for evidence to either validate or refute my claims.

Any logical person can sit back and say that makes a heck of a lot of sense, but how much are we actually fact checking.  But Andrew Wakefield and the entire Vaccinations cause Autism contingent sure didn't do any fact checking.

The New York Times and The Lancet didn't do their homework when they published and then supported the findings of the 1998 study and now a mere 13 years later and millions (I made that number up!) of unvaccinated children here the papers sit calling Andrew Wakefield the only guilty party.

Anyone who had done any construction, knows the saying "Measure twice, cut once."  When will the day come when we say, "Read Twice, Fact Check Once?"

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