Dr. James Weatherford on the Internet Age and Politics

The following statement by Dr. James Weatherford, is something I think many people should think about:

…I do know that the internet as communications during a campaign is forever changed — a great improvement in the ability to communicate among and between people. Also, for better or worse, there has been demonstrated the ability to disseminate information in such volumes, so wide and far, and so rapidly as to diminish the standard for truthfulness. The downside of this new age of undifferentiated information needs to be overcome by basic human dignity on the part of participants. For example, by using real names, real data, and real references.” Dr. James Weatherford

This statement is an interesting statement.  Ever since we have had elections, there has been one way or another to disseminate information and support ones favorite candidate… Mail, TV, Radio, Door-to-Door, Sign Waving, etc.

I’ve always believed in the freedom of speech.  I don’t think someones personal thoughts whether they are “true” or not should make others feel so uncomfortable.

No one requires anybody to read someones blog, the newspaper, or even listen to the radio or television.

What is true to one person, may be completely false to another person.  There are no truths.  They are just inner belief systems.

I believe that Pilago would have made a better candidate… there for is the “Truth” that he would be the best mayor for the Big Island?  Well, in my eyes it is… But obviously to many people they thought differently.

I don’t visit certain blogs or websites because I know the content on that site is going to be against anything that I believe in.

The internet should not be “Blamed” for the way people respond/react/write/etc. to their political opponents.

Its only one small tool that has rapidly advanced.

So I ask Dr. Weatherford this… What is the “Standard of Truthfulness?”

Buddha might say:

Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.

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