If You Believe its True, Then it Must be False

“Unlike with the majority of library books, when you enter a term into a search engine there is no guarantee that what you will find is authoritative, accurate or even vaguely true”

Howard Rheingold


I remember when this was such a big thing on Facebook! Facebook was the ultimate social media. Everybody would spend at least 25 hours a day on Facebook because it was so addicting. We would chat with our friends, talk about our day’s, pay games, and it was just a great website to be on. Then, a rumour spread around saying that Facebook needed to be purchased in order to use it and everyone was freaking out. There were numerous protest that Mark Zuckerberg should not make us pay for Facebook. Mark, then heard about this and posted a status saying that it was just a rumour and Facebook would remain free and the world became calm. This shows how such false information can be spread and cause a huge problem for no reason.

What Howard is saying is do not believe everything you see on the internet and I totally agree with Howard. When the internet became such a big thing, people loved it and used it every single day. It was an essential part of one’s life that everything on it seemed factual. Even though some people had their doubts, they still went along with the flow and this mentality is evident in present time as well. Over time, people had the power to write and edit whatever they want on the internet, Most of the time, people are loud on the internet; trying to seek attention. They write blogs about themselves, trying to seem better than everybody else. They manipulate people, just to make them buy their product. They give out wrong information about a certain topic for fun because they have nothing else to do. On the other hand, there is another group that helps prevent falsehood on the internet. They try their best to write facts with evidence that supports it and they edit a lot of wrong answers to right ones. But, there is a certain degree that this group of people cannot keep up their good work because there isn’t any edit option on every website. So my question to Mr. Rheingold is: should there be an edit option in every website?

I think this sums it up!

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