Friday, December 8, 2017

Using Multi-source News

I am very fortunate. I’m retired, and I daily walk to my neighborhood coffee shop where the owners provide the local newspaper, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal for their customers to read. I, also, subscribe to The Week and the Discover magazines. So, as I sip my coffee, I am, also, able to peruse the internet to supplement whatever I need to in order to achieve as complete and balanced view of what’s going on in the world as possible. Oft times, foreign newspapers online prove to be more reliable than our own newspapers (I suppose it’s because our news sources are owned by our corporate conglomerates). Usually, the factual differences are not great; but, how the facts are organized and interpreted are. Bias shines through in most cases.

My suggestion: If you use the Internet regularly, avoid using Facebook for news and minimize the number of so-called news sites you visit to those proven balanced and fair. Realize that anything you click on encourages more of the same. Also, vary the search engines that you use to weaken the algorithmic bias — and to lessen Google’s domination by at least just a tad.

Search engines: