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How can one help prevent others from becoming misinformed?

Mark Twain once said "If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.”

In my IB English Lang&Lit course, I have realized the true power and dangers of language. Nothing is 100% objective, everything has bias in it. A lot of media companies uses language to distort and falsify facts. With the uprise of technology, news (or rumors) spread like wildfire to every corner or the world. The most dangerous part is the people who believe in such news or stories, even in the most absurd of stories! In the fear of being misinformed myself, I've developed an habit of questioning every news article I read. Thinking about the logic behind it and conduct further research about it with a variety of sources.

So I was wondering what would people do help reduce the misinformation of others. Is there an example, story or activity that would allow people to see the dangers of language? Or perhaps even reduce the level of bias within people?

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    May 28 2013: I will read multiple reports from various new papers.I'll make a point of reading readers comments when available. at times I will read articles from the foreign press as well. TED is also a wonderful resource.When commuting I listen Nation Public Radio.
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      May 28 2013: NPR is a wonderful way to get the other side of a story.
      I don't know how many times I will hear a news piece on tv, and then hear about it on the radio, and get a totally different side of the story.....making for a well rounded report.

      I think that reading reader's comments is also a wonderful tool.

      I will share this example: There is a site where you can go and look up any city you want to travel to. The site will give you a list of hotels, restaurants, and attractions you can visit in that city. And individually, you can read first person accounts of each of the places you may be interested in.

      It would behoove anyone, wanting information "before" venturing into the unknown, to visit these types of sites.

      I think technology is making it easier for people to get these kinds of first person accounts of, not only travel information, but news items as well.

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