Can we trust the articles that pop up on our Newsfeeds???

The internet is an amazing place where really anything is possible. It’s also a major source of information. When we’re using the same place we know we can advertise any nonsense we deem worthy to find our facts and news, there’s cause for worry. Even in the most casual sense, the internet lies to its users daily, providing promises and information that can’t be trusted. So how do we know what or who to trust anymore? Can we even trust anyone?

Recently a video showed up on my newsfeed on Facebook that caused a lot of stir amongst my friends. One of them thought it was real. She actually thought that this video was real.

Now, most people would be intrigued and then assume that this isn’t a real-life possibility, but there isn’t a disclaimer. This video is parading around Facebook as a legitimate tutorial on how to grow the banana kiwi. If this can happen and poor souls like my unnamed friend can actually question the validity without immediately assuming its fake, then what are we supposed to do with the information that is feasible, The things that could very well be real but aren’t.

One’s tendency to believe bullshit might well be considered a mental shortcut. — Nathaniel Barr

If we’re “only thinking hard about things when (we) must” then who’s to say we haven’t consumed an unfortunate amount of information that is complete and utter codswallop.

Besides the silly mistruths, there are serious issues concerning the validity of what’s found online. Many have experienced complications or died because they rely on alternative health treatments of the sort readily found online.

Many have experienced complications or died because they rely on alternative health treatments of the sort readily found online.

Many have experienced complications or died because they rely on alternative health treatments of the sort readily found online. People have used remedies from the internet to cure serious health issues such as cancer, and its had negative consequences.

The internet has always been deemed a fairly dangerous place, but it has so much potential to be a life saver. If used correctly and carefully, the internet can be used to find helpful and reputable sources for anything from fun facts to helpful home remedies to the latest political news.

With a keener eye and a more media literate society we can hope for a future where even though there’s a lot of (pardon my French) bullshits out there, people can successfully avoid it and navigate their way to a knowledgable life.

column a: 3. Trust, authenticity and accuracy

column b: 3. Facebook

column c: 7. “Most of the information we spread online is quantifiably ‘bullshit’

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