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I've become more and more disgusted with Huffington Post over time. I used to fall for sensationalist headlines only to find that the article and headline DID NOT MATCH. It didn't take many visits to the site before I realized that dishonest headlines seemed to be a regular occurrence.

It's also a crying shame that people I know read and talk about HuffPo articles, which can lead to exaggerated opinions. While I may be a liberal and prefer reading liberal news sources, I find Huffington Post's dishonest, skewed reporting distasteful.

As an aside, in re: Time Magazine, I used to read news magazines as a teenager in the mid-to-late 1990s, though mostly Newsweek. I felt a bit sophisticated to read the magazine while I was younger, but I was surprised at how childish the magazine seemed when I entered my teens. The magazine felt as though it had no sense of nuance or subtlety and most articles came off as blunt. Time seemed even lower (in terms of readability) than Newsweek.

Though, by that time, I moved on to reading the Economist on a regular basis. However, even now, I don't care much for reading the Economist any longer. Their positions come off as predetermined and the text is merely a rationalization of oft-times unpalatable political positions. Then again, it seems that most news agencies are keen to write about unpalatable political positions.

Now I need some gum. The above has put a bad taste in my mouth...

Brian Fies

Wait, what are the five foods I should never eat? I need to know because I think there's a good chance I ate one of them yesterday.

I'm with you 100% Mike, but we've already lost. "Accurate impartial news is important" is one of those propositions like "privacy is precious" or "don't steal something someone else created and call it a favor" where I feel as out of step with the times as if I'd wandered in from the Colonial Era. Too many people don't even comprehend the objection. Sometimes this century befuddles me.

I wonder if the idiocy on display in Internet comments was always there but invisible, or if the Internet itself somehow creates it. I think both. There's got to be some satisfaction in being a troll, getting a rise out of people. Finally having a podium from which to shout that stupid thing you've always thought but never had the guts to say aloud. It shakes my faith in this Great Experiment of ours to read these morons and, in my head, append Scott Adams' coda, "...and then he voted."

I also remind myself that most of the people I know, and particularly the young people I know, are as smart and ethical as any ever. It's a very small sample with severe selection bias, but still encouraging.



I regularly have to remind myself that the ignorance I see in internet comments also is "a very small sample with severe selection bias."

So... oh, sorry - I've become unstuck again. Montana's calling me.

Billy Pilgrim

Sherwood Harrington

Just after reading this, I watched a video that one of my colleagues had linked to over on Facebook. It is a gorgeous, 20-minute set of images of Earth as seen from space, narrated for the most part by astronauts trying to explain the transporting experience of seeing our world from outside it. Upworthy headlines it... well, see for yourself: http://www.upworthy.com/some-strange-things-are-happening-to-astronauts-returning-to-earth?c=ufb1

(By the way, the scene of the Moldavian massacre is one of my favorites -- no, really, I mean the literal scene where it took place: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sherwoodh/6930354059/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/sherwoodh/6784276744/in/photostream/ ).

Robert H Cunningham

"Truth is mighty and will prevail.There is nothing wrong with this except it ain't so."-Mark Twain
Times may change,technology may change,people don't.

Mary in Ohio

Wasn't it Twain who also said "A lie will be halfway sround the world before the truth can get its boots on."?

Sherwood Harrington

It's interesting that the last two quotes about truth are from someone who didn't publish under his own name.

Mike Peterson

I've become very annoyed with people who make the point that the Second Amendment was written in the days of the muzzle-loader without also noting that both it and the First Amendment were written with a dip pen.

But, while it wouldn't make me repudiate the First Amendment, I would suggest that the Internet is to the spreading of lies as the banana clip is to the spraying of bullets.

There have always been liars and there have always been gunmen. But never have they been so efficient in their destruction as they are today.

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