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Will the interactivity of the media, the atomization of knowledge and the premium on rapid response result in a collective loss of wisdom, judgment and perspective? Opinions differ. If he wins, Barack Obama is going to be sworn in on a Koran instead of the Bible. Trig isn't Sarah Palin's baby, it's her daughter Bristol's. Obama refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Here's the list of books Palin wanted to ban from the library ... All these claims -- none of them true -- turned up in the e-mail inboxes of millions of Americans this summer.
"The law protects this newspaper if someone posts a libelous comment on a blog. The same statute protects any site that posts someone else's misinformation."
Perhaps here lies the solution to spreading misinformation - raise the bar of responsibility and liability. It may reduce the quantity of info, and maybe pinch a bit the (sacred) freedom of saying / expressing just about anything... But most of the "reduced" info will be junk anyway. Yet this would also increase the quality.