March 26th, 2008

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Just the Facts

It's Wednesday! That means serious post day! Today we shall tackle the truth, or more precisely, the facts. It's a rehash of a post I made a year or so ago.

I have noticed that many folks in LJ Land, both liberal and conservative, LOVE to link to or copy-and-paste various articles in order to prove their point or validate their beliefs. The problem is that you can probably find every possible viewpoint on an issue somewhere on the Net. So while it's nice that you post interesting articles for us to read, don't immediately assume that just because Fox News says Bush will go down in history as the greatest president EVAR, don't expect me to believe it, nor does it make me stupid for not agreeing with it or failing to see "valid" points. As I said, it goes both ways. Just because you find a study that says the world will burn to a crisp due to global warming and link to it, that doesn't mean that it's not a faulty study. I'm sure I could go online and find a person with a PhD in geology who also believes in creationism.

I guess the point of this post is that people need to be careful when someone presents them with THE FACTS! Look at the source. Think with your own brain to make sure that what is being presented makes sense. Even news organizations screw up the facts with no malice. I don't know how many times I have been mis-quoted in simple articles that discussed river flows. And finally, while it's nice to have discussions on teh Web, please stop with the "I'm right, you're retarded!" attitude, followed by a list of articles you have read which makes you oh-so-much-smarter than me.