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The Dangers of a Fact-Free Diet: Determining Truth and Accuracy in Online Content


April 9, 2014

With the advent of the Internet, information has never been more plentiful and more accessible — and so it might seem almost impossible not to have enough data to make accurate, representative and well-considered decisions every time.

But one thing’s for sure. Misinformation is happening — and it’s happening more often. In fact, it isn’t a coincidence that CNN — as well as a number of tech experts and news outlets — have called 2013 “The Year of the Online Hoax.” We’re starting to believe — and pass on — everything we read online, whether it’s accurate or not. And this “fact-free” diet is beginning to have some profound effects on our profession.

 

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