|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Jeff Goldblum Will Be Missed|
(link to embedded video via Colbert Nation)
Oh, Twitter. Is there anything you can't do?
By the by - when did mainstream media stop checking the credibility of their sources? Actually, when did the internet become a source? What happened to responsible and accurate reporting? Did we ever have it? Or did people who don't understand this nebulous fictitious full of 95% porn thing called the "internet" completely obliterate good reporting?
We don't need more news bloggers and RSS feeds and twitter posts full of information. We need correct information.
This revelation has made me sad that we are losing newspapers. How long before they too are swept away to their webpages and blogs and start reporting every little tidbit that people with names like HAWTMaMa43 posts on their twitter? I'm not saying newspapers were always perfect and accurate, but at least they have a day to make sure their information is fact-checked.
I too fell for the Jeff Goldblum RIP twitter updates...for a few minutes until I, along with some other twitter friends, scrolled to the bottom of everyone's "source" and saw the "fake a wish" disclaimer. That means that these news sources that reported the story didn't even take the time to check the webpage they were using as a source. On the internet. They took it completely at face value.
The main appeal of Twitter seems to be that you can get information on what is going on in the world as it happens, real time. But what happens when that information becomes mixed in with jokes and pranks and what your friend ate for breakfast? You can't say you're getting real time information when the information isn't real.
I don't know. After this whole mess I think I've just come to find that I prefer fact checking to speed.