Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | May 3, 2010

Information or Misinformation

Measuring or validating all that you read is crucial in order to disseminate the difference between information or misinformation.

As purveyors of this modern form of communication, we call the internet, we find that it is saturated with misinformation of which we as readers must measure and validate on a repetitive basis.

We as the publishers of the “Ashby Page” strive to provide you with the very best information available as it pertains to our expertise and we do so to the best of our professional abilities. This is our guarantee.

Having said this, it does not relieve you from the responsibility of validating what we write for yourself. We trust that in the end you will find we measure up to the highest standards available today and if we error, you will be prompt to point it out to us.

Whether the subject is politics, the environment, the economy, business or any one of your basic real estate needs, we strive to insure the information that we provide you is reliable and not off base.

This cannot be said of every site you may access.

These days we all have ready access to volumes of what we assume is credible information. Most regrettably is unfiltered, unedited, blog-centric and for many of us, the same has become our daily intake of news and research.

But can you or should you trust it. A simple answer is generally “No”.

Two people investigating the same story can approach that topic from completely different perspectives or viewpoints. Each will contradict the other, but each writer will professional prove their differing stances via documented facts, witnesses and professional endorsements.

When faced with this dilemma, how do you decipher which is the true gospel of today?

Knowing how to look for the truth is critical. Learning how to identify falsehood is just as important and this can be achieved by understanding a few simple definitions:

“Truth” is information that is factual, it tells you something that is understandable and has the potential to become knowledge when we view it critically.

“Misinformation” is non-factual data which can only lead to an inaccurate conclusion. It differs from “disinformation” in that it is “intentionally neutral”. It is not deliberate, it is just wrong or mistaken.

“Disinformation”, is non-factual data deliberately given to you to keep you from reaching an accurate conclusion. It may include the distribution of forged documents, manuscripts, or photographs, or the spreading of malicious rumors and fabricated intelligence.

In conclusion; always validate information you find on the internet. If you don’t know who wrote it or why they wrote it, you cannot know with every certainty that it is trustworthy.

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