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Do you think information is more accurate today than it was 20 years ago?

Asked by tacres (559points) April 28th, 2012

Do you believe that in this age of technology the information we receive from the various medias is more or less accurate than it was a generation ago. I am thinking of all the stuff that is out there that is wrong, untrue etc. but will reside on the internet forever.

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Blackberry's avatar

I think it’s just easier to find the truth.

marinelife's avatar

I think that it is approximately the same. It is just that there is more access to junk than ever before.

amujinx's avatar

The age of technology has allowed both accurate information and inaccurate information to proliferate far more than previously, but the inaccurate information hasn’t been curbed ion any way. Technology does make it easier to fact check the information you come across though (but too few people can actually be bothered to do it).

janbb's avatar

I think we are awash in unvetted crap much of the time now.

john65pennington's avatar

It may not be more accurate, but communications has made the information available at a much faster pace.

It use to take 3 to 5 minutes to receive a requested license plate registration. Computers have cut that time to 3 to 5 seconds.

All the infomation may not be correct, but the time element involved has vanished.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well..there is a lot more of it. I don’t think it’s necessarily more accurate.

flutherother's avatar

There is too much information available nowadays and most of it is so heavily spun as to be almost worthless. The truth is out there but it won’t come falling into your lap, you have to seek it out.

YARNLADY's avatar

Not really, but it’s easier to compare and decide, because there are more choices available.

Aethelflaed's avatar

I think it’s easier to access whatever other sides of the story there are, and that makes it easier to get to accuracy, eventually.

janbb's avatar

@Aethelflaed That’s theoretically true but I fear that most people only look at the “facts” that corroborate their opinions while before we had true journalism (at times.)

Aethelflaed's avatar

@janbb Yeah, but before, if the journalist wasn’t ethical, or had their own biases, or didn’t look to make the story as well-rounded as possible, there was no where else to turn. And journalists are people, too.

janbb's avatar

@Aethelflaed Yes, but there used to be something called factchecking and editing…..

Aethelflaed's avatar

@janbb Yeah, but it’s amazing how biased the story can be with the facts correct, especially if it leaves out all these other facts. Sorry, but when I read older news from this time with journalists and factcheckers and editors, I’m usually struck by how biased it is.

janbb's avatar

I can’t disagree with you. And one plus of the Internet, Twitter, etc. is to get reports from the participants are situations like atrocities and revolts are happening. I dunno…..

dabbler's avatar

I think there is vastly more “information” now, most of which has no grounding in accuracy.
There may be the same or maybe more accurate information these days but the noise-to-signal ratio is a lot higher.

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