Who do you trust for the truth?
…after falling asleep in my first class of the day and getting detention I was determined to stay awake in my next class social studies. My eyelids were loosing the battle to stay open as Mr Barnes was droning on about what our nation went though during the 1929-1939 great depression. What brought me awake was when he said a 500 word term paper would be used for 25% of our mid-term grade and it was due in two weeks. No problem I thought I would do like I always did and just copy some stuff from old history books add a little of my own observations and it was a lock.
Today I am sure for our school children it is even easier to complete term papers with little or no research or study because of the computer. One needs only to type in the subject and we have at our fingertips thousands of articles on every subject known to man. Then its a simple task to just find some that look noteworthy and copy and paste and your done. But unlike those days in the 50’s and 60’s when I had to go to the library and copy by hand the information from the limited number of books on the subject today’s wealth of articles and books makes finding the truth about something an almost insurmountable task.
If you were to type in ‘global warming’ like I did into Google’s search engine I got 71,800,000 possible articles on the subject. And though Google has been accused of slanting its searches you would still find millions of articles that were either in support of or in opposition to the reality of global warming. So how does one decide which one is the truth and which one is ‘fake’? A large number of the children of today are for the most part not very discerning and tend to take the easy way out when faced with projects they do not want to do, so it is these still impressionable minds that suffer because there is indeed no one totally reliable source for information.
I have done searches on subjects I knew nothing about like when I decided last year to raise tomato plants. When I did an internet search I was faced with many articles saying this or that would produce the best plants but which one was the definitive answer? For me it was trial and error and my results proved I followed the wrong article. No big deal except when you consider our children being exposed to incorrect ideas or “facts” you realize the seeds of the way they understand life has been planted, and they may grow up looking at the world and its leaders in the wrong frame of mind.
So the next time you do an online search
consider for a moment
that whomever wrote the article
may want you to perceive the world
as they see it
as it really is.