Trust No One

Everything I learn nowadays I read online. OK, maybe not everything. I still read books. But most of my new knowledge originates from the Internet.

The greatest challenge for me is dodging the fake news. For the most part, I was ignorant to this phenomenon. Then came a president who peddled in fake news like no one before, while blaming every other agency of doing so.

I realised this was a new world, one of information warfare. To fight in a war, you need proper weapons. So I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to weed out the fake news from my life.

I learned of a few ways by which to identify reliable information:

1. Identify the source. Who is the writer? What is their background? What is their agenda? Where is the article hosted?

2. Cross-reference. Is the same information available in other reliable sources? Is it supported? Is it contradicted?

3. Use unbiased fact-checking websites such as snopes.com and FactCheck.org. Background-check those sites, too.

4. Trust no one. The Internet is home to countless charlatans and crooks. The best you can do is suspect and validate.

It’s a crazy world out there, and it’s full of lies. But if you know that, you can be prepared. Don’t let anyone deceive you. And may the truth prevail.

Published by eranboudjnah

A software consultant and tech lead. Passionate about optimizing as many aspects of my life as possible, to free time for what really matters.

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