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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: Agreed Mary. thank you for your thoughtful reply. I have to remember that in any time of change the pendulum swings to one extreme or another but, through time a middle ground is found.

    I just keep on praying and remaining informed

    enjoy your day Mary
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      May 28 2013: Thanks Mary Ellen, you too have a great day.

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