October 17, 2010 8:13pm CST
I was going to title this "Don't believe everything you read", but I think it is best to question everything, not just reading. With that said, this discussion was inspired by my previous post, where I wrote info about a country which could have been incorrect and the source I got it from was from a book in the library. But hey, all of our publication is not censored (at least here in the US) so people can write anything! My art history teacher told me that even a text book had incorrect info in them. And anyone can 'alter' Wikipedia.. I think that is a great and a bad thing.
18 Oct 10
Don't worry, the internet is so full of misinformation that it becomes impossible to believe everything I read. Everything contradicts everything else, so I have to settle for believing only 50% of what I read. :3 And yeah, text books can be wrong. Remember, they're written by humans and humans make mistakes. With history it's even worse, since history isn't facts. History is the interpretation and telling of facts, so there's almost always a bias in textbooks. No country likes making themselves look bad in history books, so locally-printed books will try to tell past events in a way that makes the country look good. Q: What's the difference between a freedom fighter and an traitor? A: The person telling the story.
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23 Oct 10
Very true, and although some people might be putting out false information on purpose, most people put it out for information to spread the word, or to learn from other people, but it doesn't necessary mean it's correct, people really need to learn to question, and I'm training a girl right now and I told her to ask questions, ask "why?" for EVERYTHING and then things start to make sense.
18 Oct 10
So do I, friend. It is not good to accept anything we read. We should be critical forever. It is the way, esp. student, needs to do. We don't want to be waved in many info we get. We have to argue over it sometimes. Whether it is correct or not, we need to conduct crosscheck. Yes, ask many people is good too.