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INTERNET: Employ some critical thinking

Letter by Kathy Gilman, Steilacoom on Aug. 16, 2011 at 10:54 am with 1 Comment »
August 16, 2011 1:08 pm

Re: “Get the source, not a filter” and “Taxpayers don’t pay UW coach” (letters, 8-16).

These letters should be sobering. Many or most of us are guilty of pushing our viewpoints while either not knowing, cherry-picking or ignoring the facts regarding any particular issue.

The Internet is a wonderful tool. However it is child’s play for anyone to post any information or opinion, reality be damned. And it is natural for all of us to seek out sources that confirm and agree with what we already believe.

Today’s media are not entirely helpful in the search for truth. Terrified of criticisms of bias, many reporters simply present polar arguments without the requisite fact-checking that is so necessary in reaching an informed judgment.

So what to do? Utilize critical thinking. Find reliable and unbiased fact-checking websites. Don’t rely solely on sources that confirm your own prejudices. And finally, just because you read it on the Internet, it doesn’t make it true.

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  1. Good points Kathy. Thomas L. Friedman once said that back in the mid-1990s, when the internet was really taking off, for each computer and modem sold there should have been a disclaimer attached: “Judgment not included”

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