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How DO we judge a good news source?
We are all becoming more and more aware of the HUGE aparent vacuum in what we would dub as "credible news sources" that has been created by the "enlightenment" movement caused by the free flow of information on the internet.
It is becoming undeniably obvious that we need to figure out what is a "good source"...
...or do we?
We are most definitely living in a new world where the control of information is no longer held by a monolithic power...
...or do we?
I will start with a few of my own ideas. It seems logical to me that in an environment that fosters a true, open and free exchange of ideas. (The internet that we have today, certainly seems the closest to this ideal that humankind will ever see.)
In this kind of environment, it seems logical that the most credible, and truthful ideas, as presented and scrutinized in this open environment, would generally be more accepted and given more prominence, in this environment. (The proverbial cream of information rising to the top of the cup.) Conversely, the less credible and less truthful ideas in this environment, as presented and scrutinized in this environment, would generally be less accepted and given less prominence, in this environment. (The sludge sinking to the bottom of the cup)
(Please, feel free to poke holes in my logic, because I'm always open to hearing how I may be taking some logical leaps that could be filled in with some more solid middle ground).
In this environment, everything would be issue driven. It would be logical to say that on any particular issue, there would be what I would call the "winning", or more truthful side, and the "losing", or less truthful side. So to pick a single issue... say..."Who is most likely to win a particular U.S presidential election...Or at least, who is ACTUALLY ahead in polling." (Just to pick one out randomly, lol.) Or perhaps, a credible news source would figure out and report that the polls were actually heavily skewed, and NOT REAL....Oh yeah, one side DID report this.) Would it be logical then?, to assume that this losing side of credible information might try to control or censor the environment in which their idea lost, or at least set up an idea that goes something like this:
"Here it is. Here is the 'fact checked', absolute truth as illustrated by our 'independent' fact checkers, like say.... 'Snopes'." (To pick an example.) This begins maybe, to set up a noticeable pattern, but I digress.
This all being said, would a more important thing than figuring out what is REAL news or information, be that we might be better served by just preserving the free and open internet that we (somewhat??? ) still have today? Of course, the "losers", or less truthful might beg to differ.
One might learn all they need to know by studying and noticing exactly who it is that wants to control or censor, or squash, or close down a free and open internet.
To get back to the braistorming, and more practical ideas, here's a couple of mine:
We could set up scientific controls or
"standards", finding something we know to be absolute Truth, and comparing that to what a news source is saying or has said. Of course, one could offer up as an example... say... what a particular news or information source said about who was most likely gonna win an election, and who absolutely had NO shot... Or, who WAS colluding with the Russians? But I won't. Lol.
Although, it seems it might be a good and quite telling... what's the term?, objectifiable standard... especially for a t.v.. or print media news source.
On a personally active level, one could also look at WHAT EXACTLY IS sponsoring the news source?, and asking oneself, "Do those sponsors embrace what I believe to be absolute truth?" But, that is another related, whole other, challenging kettle of fish to fry.
Hey, I'm all for the Socratic method. I'm struck with the idea that a free and open internet IS the ultimate, automated "Socratic method machine", born out of enlightenment. But to use Ben Franklin's famously prescient words of warning: That is , "If we can keep it!"
What say you?
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