The World-Wide Web

Fake News Versus Real News

News is a concept that’s usually meant to have happened very recently, with perhaps some recent articles passing you by. However, if not, it becomes ancient news, no matter how recent it might be. For instance, I remember the stories of the first “world wide web” and cell phones. My father would have been absolutely appalled, having heard about this only twenty years ago! Who knows what else has been ‘in the news’?

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How do you know when news is actually news? Well, there are many criteria you could use. Are the source offering facts, and not opinion? Is the information up-to-date? If so, good; if not, be warned. There’s always another day or two when the next big story will break.

The best place to find out about current news is to read newspapers, magazines, and to watch the news on television. In fact, in many of the major cities, the local news channels tend to be a great source of news. However, do keep an eye out for the fake news sites on the internet too. It’s not difficult to find these. Most of them are loaded with advertising, and in many cases, they’re put there just to get your attention – and then sell you something else.

It may also interest you to know that many people now subscribe to online newspapers and magazines. This means that, unlike the real thing, they’re getting the news literally seconds after it happens. In other words, they’re getting the news as it happens, and they can react to it immediately.

There’s still some value in the news, even if it is sometimes hard to find. For instance, some people might not be able to sleep a night or wake up in the morning without watching a news program. They want to know what’s happening in their world. That’s why newspapers and magazines continue to be important. At least they provide some news that’s real.

So don’t let the fake news ruin the reputation of the real news. Instead, be a smart news consumer and be able to separate the wheat from the chaff. Keep an eye on what you’re reading, and when you’re reading it. Otherwise, you’ll only be wasting your time.

Now, on to some more practical tips. One is related to dieting. If you’re reading about a new way to burn fat, for example, be sure to take a look at the source. Be sure it’s been studied and documented as being effective. Then cross it off your list. There are plenty of ways to lose weight without having to cut out carbs, for example.

Another practical tip: Don’t trust everything you read. Some things are just plain silly. That’s true of stories you read in the newspaper or magazines as well as TV and radio news. But if you can find real news that’s related to what’s going on in your life, then you’re better off.