Internet can be Misinformation Superhighway

The internet is here to stay. However this "information superhighway" can often be called the "misinformation superhighway."

Internet can be Misinformation Superhighway

Internet can be Misinformation Superhighway

The internet is here to stay. It is a great source of information, entertainment and education. However this “information superhighway” can often be called the “misinformation superhighway.”

I see plenty of emails that grab my attention just to find out they are false. Other emails I receive multiple times and I check their accuracy and the facts are misleading to put it lightly. My 90 year old grandmother, who is a strong woman of faith, sent me a recent email that I had seen many times before. Curiosity got the better of me, so I looked into its validity.

While many parts were paraphrased and rewritten and the context had essentially been changed, you may find the following familiar enough to recognize; only this time – to the best of my knowledge the following quotes were actually said:

The following was actually written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary:

“Next confession:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.”

These comments are intended to get you thinking.

Jane Clayson of NBC’s Today asked Reverend Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, after the 9-1-1 attacks:
JC: “I’ve heard people say, those who are religious, those who are not, if God is good, how could God let this happen? To that, you say?
AGL: “I say God is also angry when he sees something like this. I would say also for several years now Americans in a sense have shaken their fist at God and said, ‘God, we want you our of our schools, our govenment, our business, we want you out of our marketplace.’ And God, who is a gentleman, has just quietly backed out of our national and political life, our public life. Removing his hand of blessing and protection. We need to turn to God first of all and say, God, we’re sorry we have treated you this way and we invite you now to come into our national life. We put our trust in you. We have our trust in God on our coins, we need to practice it.”

…and just for the record, infamous baby doctor, Dr. Benjamin Spock, who said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, his son DID NOT commit suicide. This was just another claim, gossip if you will, found on the “misinformation superhighway.”

2 Comments

  1. tommylee

    The information super highway is not the source of misinterpretation and should not be put in this light. People are the cause not the information carrier. It's not the source of relevancy or irrelevancy because it is people who represent facts and fiction. The Information Super highway is just a means of reaching more people in the shortest timespan ever possible.

    I would say that even the slowest form of information, books, newspapers and magazines, should be vilified because there have been many opportunities to correct misinformation, yet we choose to keep “misinformation on the books” (pun intended). We still profess to our children that Columbus discovered the new world while we with 100% certainty know he didn't. Yet we keep it on the “books”. The same goes for religion, and no this is not an attack on religion, but the mere perception that more then one interpretation does exist and what may be true for one, is perceived untrue by another. That is rightfully called “I Belief” since it is or should be your inalienable right to perceive to be true what you feel best represents your facts, fictions and beliefs in the expression of your “being”.

    You can't blame the messenger because it is your set of rules to determine what you believe or not. We accept what is believed to be true until someone comes along that proves our beliefs are wrong. Science, religion and politics share one common denominator and that is that history has altered our beliefs on more occasions than the sun coming up and going down, because even the perception that the sun moves is simply not true. We do, the earth does and therefore we move!!!.

    The information Superhighway is just that… a carrier of the message. It doesn't judge, flag or can be contained (although some countries feel they need to censor the flow of information), but it is the “we” to determine if the message has value for us or not.

    Anyone claiming otherwise should look up the word “kristallnacht” and tell me if that didn't happen in all its gory details. Don't kill the messenger since it is only the “courier” of information.

  2. tommylee

    The information super highway is not the source of misinterpretation and should not be put in this light. People are the cause not the information carrier. It's not the source of relevancy or irrelevancy because it is people who represent facts and fiction. The Information Super highway is just a means of reaching more people in the shortest timespan ever possible.

    I would say that even the slowest form of information, books, newspapers and magazines, should be vilified because there have been many opportunities to correct misinformation, yet we choose to keep “misinformation on the books” (pun intended). We still profess to our children that Columbus discovered the new world while we with 100% certainty know he didn't. Yet we keep it on the “books”. The same goes for religion, and no this is not an attack on religion, but the mere perception that more then one interpretation does exist and what may be true for one, is perceived untrue by another. That is rightfully called “I Belief” since it is or should be your inalienable right to perceive to be true what you feel best represents your facts, fictions and beliefs in the expression of your “being”.

    You can't blame the messenger because it is your set of rules to determine what you believe or not. We accept what is believed to be true until someone comes along that proves our beliefs are wrong. Science, religion and politics share one common denominator and that is that history has altered our beliefs on more occasions than the sun coming up and going down, because even the perception that the sun moves is simply not true. We do, the earth does and therefore we move!!!.

    The information Superhighway is just that… a carrier of the message. It doesn't judge, flag or can be contained (although some countries feel they need to censor the flow of information), but it is the “we” to determine if the message has value for us or not.

    Anyone claiming otherwise should look up the word “kristallnacht” and tell me if that didn't happen in all its gory details. Don't kill the messenger since it is only the “courier” of information.

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