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Who do you trust more to help you understand world events, the press, politicians or your friends/family, or someone/something else? Why?

I would like to know who/what, the TED community trusts most to give them the news, information and knowledge they need to follow and understand major events, live their lives successfully, be connected in their communities, and more generally understand our world. What are the trade offs of these sources as you view them? Do you have time to think about it?

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Closing Statement from Alisa Miller

Wow everyone. What a thoughtful set of postings -- Lindsay, special thanks to you for your ongoing comments and "facilitation" of the discussion. Excellent.

If I look across the responses, it seems the answer to "who we trust" to understand world events or topics that are global in nature is not an easy one. In our personal lives, the people we trust most are family and friends, but these people may not have the information or mastery we need. At the same time, there is great concern about a lack of transparency in our "news" and many have come to no longer trust of many information sources. So we need to curate on behalf of our own knowledge: a mix of family/friends, news and information sources, art music and culture, and other "lenses" too as we seek the truth of what is really going on in this interconnected world. New tools and services are emerging to help us with this effort. Your responses have inspired me. And at the end of June, I plan to launch a website, twitter feed, and Facebook page to continue this conversation, share tips and advice on how to better inform ourselves about the world through news and other content. I hope you might check it out. www.newsmakeover.com.

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    Apr 27 2011: Steven Levitt in his book freakonomics answered this question, and believe me there isnt any source that could offer 100% true news. People twist fact to match their theory of interest.
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      Apr 27 2011: yeah.....
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      Apr 27 2011: Even if a person really wants to be neutral, won't be cause individuals aren't neutral. There is no such thing as objective analysis of facts, it's always infested with the person's values and, most of times, with interests too.
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        May 9 2011: that is pretty true but if u listen to diverse opinions then it surely helps
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      Apr 28 2011: yes and for us "do it our selfers" we won't find any kind of truth out there in the internet iif we start out locked into a theory about what we think is going on.

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