Montgomery (WV) Herald: World facing communications crisis: We need newspapers

by Jack Stevenson

There are biblical references to false statements and rumors. It is not a new issue, but currently the problem is amplified by an electronic twist.

The printed word on paper has been a mainstay of the American experience since well before the American Revolution. Ben Franklin was in the printing business in the 1720s.

The print medium, including newspaper, has survived the advent of radio, television, and computers. The news content of all of those media was generally subjected to editorial review to ensure accuracy.

But a new development, electronic social media, gives people the capability to intentionally circulate false information to millions of people in a few hours. There is no reliable system to screen all of the postings for accuracy and truthfulness. There is no editor.

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