Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Quotations by Richard L. Weaver II

We live, learn, and work in an increasingly complex and information-rich society, and to continue to do so we must be able to use technology effectively. Although it is easy to reject it all because of its intrusion into our lives, the possibilities for misuse, and all of the negative information that can be found on some of it, to do so is simply to reject its inevitability. Far better to learn, understand, and use it in the best ways we can.

The key today is to teach people how to validate the information discovered on the Internet.  The idea that "if it's written, it must be true," is so deeply entrenched in our psyches, that we forget that anyone can post ANYTHING on the Internet. There are no rules, no gatekeepers, no scrutiny.  Thus, great untruths (i.e., lies, fabrications, deceptions, half-truths, exaggerations, and simple misinformation) can be quickly circulated---without evidence that can be supported, sound, just or sufficient reasons for existence, and having no degree of correlation with other information or corroboration by anything else known to be true.

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