Do You Research a News Report/Article or Take it as Fact!?

@kamran12 (5556)
Pakistan
March 3, 2008 11:31pm CST
A comment from a friend in one of my discussions prompted this thread! We are living in an era of information overflow. Where it is easier now to get connected with the world and get the latest and accurate information just about any subject, it has also promoted “Yellow Journalism”. Misinformation and disinformation can be (and are) spread like a wildfire! I have found myself struggling with people who would take a news report almost as a fact and, without researching, makeup their mind accordingly! So, my fellow mylotians, do you research the facts and figures provided in a news report/article? Do you try to cross check what has been presented? Or you just take the news and the contents therein as fact? Have you ever found yourself surprised that what was presented was nowhere near the reality? I would welcome your views, thoughts and experiences! Thanks!:-)
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3 responses
• United States
4 Mar 08
You know, I don't do either, I don't research the stories I hear and I don't take them as fact.these days here in the States we are getting ready to vote in another idiot, oops I mean president and I am not following it as closely as i should. It is early but soon the mud will be slinging from both parties and most of the stories will be fiction.Besides, it will soon be spring and I will be concerned with hockey playoffs and all other news i won't care about.I know I should be into more of the news but I am not.
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@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
4 Mar 08
How could I leave out the third option, sarah, for the people who don't do either!? I didn't sleep this last night, so maybe! Wouldn't it be better if they decided Presidency on Hockey field!? There won't be fiction and mudslinging in this case, only ice-slinging and goals in front of spectators. I bet it would be much more fun too! On a more serious aside, I think once the nominations are finalized, people will be able to pay more attention. I think, I can also guess who you are going to vote for after that!
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• United States
4 Mar 08
I hate to burst you bubble but I won't be voting. I really don't care who is president this time. The last president I really liked and wanted to win was Clinton,Bill that is.He made sense when he spoke from the beginning. In fact I was fearful for his life because we tend to murder people who speak the real truth in public here, JFK, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King , and Malcolm X to name a few.so when he survived I was pleased and I hoped he would win.He did and I was pleased. During that time, I Did follow politics and the news. He was the first president I would actually listen to, I remember knowing just by looking at him if he was sleeping well or had a bad night.And he kept making sense in public.And then he got a second term, I was so happy. But when it was over and the choice was between Bush and Gore, who Someone started calling Gush and Bore, I couldn't care less and nothing has changed.You would think with Hillary running I would be excited but I am not.And I don't see it changing.
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@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
4 Mar 08
Hello sarahruthbeth22!:-) Thank you for sharing your political experiences. It does appear that you have lost trust, and interest, in elections and highest public office. It happens when Ideals are broken and hopes are lost. But, I do hope your return of interest into this important matter/office of public concern. Oh, and you didn't break my bubble, as yet! It could be validated only after elections though! I am not saying that you are not determined, but sometimes you never know what happens and you feel compelled to do something. Moreover, I said that I could tell after finalization of nominations...Well, of course I was not prophesying anything. My statement was based on one of your recent statements made in another of my discussion!:-)
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@scammerwear (1433)
• Singapore
5 Mar 08
Very honestly, I was very guilty of taking reports at face value in the past. I have learned not to do that anymore, especially stuff from the net. Nowadays, I cross-reference anything important with other sources. For stuff like entertainment gossip and junk like that, hey, its not like they matter in the first place XD
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@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
5 Mar 08
Hello scammerwear!:-) It's good to see you!:-) I was guilty of that too until some western media shocked me and broke my trust, and then I saw other media outlets following them. It was about a vicious plan to disrepute a country and its Government. They reported blasts and some other events of horror that never happened in first place. Similar things happened about my own country but for fewer times! You are right about trivial things. Thanks for sharing!:-)
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• Singapore
5 Mar 08
The media here in my country is over seem by a government for 'correctness of information'. You know what that means. There are actual reports I got from private sources that highlight important news here that were 'incorrect'. Most folks I talk too don't even know it happened. That really taught me how much to trust the press!
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• Singapore
5 Mar 08
Oops, almost forgot, its great to see you too :D!
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@raijin (10380)
• Philippines
5 Mar 08
I would take time first before relying on the credibility of that news, there are lots of foolish articles which intends to mislead poor readers. As much as possible, we should conduct more research and distinguish the real one's and the fake. When it comes to such news and informations that concerns me, I would surely not share it or spread that information yet as I want to confirm it first from other resources available. We really have to be careful, anything can posted on the net that can be misleading..
@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
5 Mar 08
Hello raijin, You have a well rounded view about how to deal with the news pieces. It has become so much common, and dangerous too given the impact it causes, that it seems incorrigible. We can only hope that people will adopt a wiser approach towards anything that is being told to them. I also think that it has to do with life attitude of people too; people who involve themselves in gossip usually end up believing anything without research whether or not it's true. More Painful is that many educated and intelligent people fall to the trap well woven for their likes and preconceptions! Thanks for sharing your views, I appreciate!:-)
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@raijin (10380)
• Philippines
5 Mar 08
Oh yes, gossip has a big impact on it. We have neighbors here who are like that, their worse than the viruses affects and inflicts damage to our computers!;)LoL I think it's just plain common sense, we should "think first before we act" (or judge).
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@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
5 Mar 08
Right there you are, raijin!:-)
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