Political News vs. Political Propaganda

@fiona08 (454)
United States
June 1, 2008 11:23am CST
Do you think Internet sites, such as You Tube, and similar forums, should be censored to ensure truthfulness? Or do you think people should be able to post anything they want to about a candidate, and suggest it is fact? Do you think most people know the difference between fact based publications and propaganda? Do they care? Tell me what you think?
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@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
1 Jun 08
Everyone who follows politics know that what you hear you take with a grain of salt. Politics are lies and propaganda. It is never truthfully. People just follows it up because they like the person who are running in a political seat. Politics is lies, mix up and blender. People who participate in politics always make sure that his/her family is prepare for the whole drama.
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@fiona08 (454)
• United States
1 Jun 08
Thanks for your response. I wish everyone knew enough to take some of it with a grain of salt. There are those out there, who seem to soak up every piece of drivel they come across. Thanks again.
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@tdemex (3547)
• United States
1 Jun 08
It's only the drivel they want to hear that they will repeat, to further thier adgenda!
@tdemex (3547)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I think censorship is wrong! People who care should investigate the canidates, it's hard to do ! Get real unbiasised real info. People tend to go with thier patry,and some people will do and say anything to get thier canidate elected. It's kind of a shame, some of the things people put out there. Just try to keep an opened mind on everything you see and hear! Hope you agree! tdemex
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@fiona08 (454)
• United States
1 Jun 08
Thanks for your response. I think censorship is wrong also, but there ought to be a way to distinguish fact from falsehoods. People don't always have a way to distinguish between the two, and it causes a lot of misinformation to perpetuate.
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@tdemex (3547)
• United States
1 Jun 08
We had this discussion a few days ago and all seemed to come to the conclusion. I would be very hard to find a site that's totally impartial. Sad but true. If anyone finds such a site PLAESE let me know!!! tdemex
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@ElaanR2 (277)
• United States
2 Jun 08
Censorship is wrong in a freedom of speech world. However, some people have the decency to tell you that what you're reading or watching has some 'doctored' parts. For example, a guy was asked whether he was aware that some people may be misled by something he put on youtube about a presidential candidate. He replied that it was not his fault if people were not smart enough to check the facts for themselves.
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@fiona08 (454)
• United States
2 Jun 08
Thanks for your response!
@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
2 Jun 08
I think people should figure out themselves how to distinguish between fact and fiction. On a website such as YouTube, propaganda films tend to have a lot of controversy about them. The less likely a video is to be true, the more likely that the video maker will 1.)Censor or disable comments or, 2.)disable ratings. What's more, people will respond to the video, by either making one themselves, or leaving a comment. They'll be sure to point out the lack of truthfulness. There's also the viewers ability to research the claims made in the video. The beauty of the internet is that you don't have to take anyone's claims at face value. You have instant access to accurate information at your fingertips. All you have to do is spend some time researching. Censorship should NEVER be used, except in cases where people are being slandered or libeled against. Everyone should have the right to express their views - even if they aren't actually accurate. It's up to the rest of us to keep them on their toes and make sure they're accurate by calling them on their falsehoods.
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@fiona08 (454)
• United States
2 Jun 08
Thanks for responding. It is the lack of ability to research that worries me. Many people don't even understand that there is a difference between these videos or forwards people send thru email, and the news. And many people who wonder, have no idea where to turn for accurate information.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
2 Jun 08
This is a difficult question for me because I firmly believe in protecting the right to free speech and I'm absolutely against any type of censorship, even if it's something I don't like or approve of it's a dangerous thing to start. However, I wish there were some kind of fact-checks when it comes to these outrageous e-mail campaigns and blogs that are circulating all over the internet these days. There should be some kind of "warning label" required to let people know to "believe at their own risk". If only everyone who has access to the internet also were automatically sent to snopes.com whenever one of these propaganda items arrives in their inbox! Annie
@fiona08 (454)
• United States
2 Jun 08
I absolutely agree that censorship is not right in any instance. I love the idea of a "warning label" though. The outrageous forwards people are subjected to, make it difficult to discern the fact from the fiction, unless you are already a cynical skeptic, as I have become. Unfortunately, many people don't seek the truth, but accept anything that comes their way.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
8 Jun 08
No places shouldn't be censored even for "propaganda". For one thing, it all depends on who is seeing the item. You agree with it, its not propaganda, you disagree it is... I've seen this many times. More pressing than that is the fact that you are doing this on another medium (the forum) and if you were to censor one place for propaganda, what's to stop other blogs, forums, message boards from meeting the same fate? While its intellectually dishonest to misrepresent, its also cowardly to simply ban, delete, censor or shut people down due to disagreement. Its better to confront anything you think is erroneous, misleading or outright vile. With confrontation, sources and other opinions people may question things along with dissenting views. Others may keep their viewpoints, but its the discussion that is inspiring, informing and important to everyone.