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Don't just question authority. Question everything.

slush pile: n. the unsolicited manuscripts an editor reads to find the items she judges fit to print.

The Internet is the biggest slush pile ever created.

And you are your own editor.

The advantage of this is, nobody else is filtering what gets to you; you make your own choices about what to read and what to believe.

The disadvantages are:

Nonetheless, many people do find their way past the potholes on the Information Highway. We find good, useful data and don't often get bitten by hoaxes (although, True Confession Time, I too was one of those who forwarded the great "Kurt Vonnegut" speech -- the one he never made.)

This page is created to help share guidelines on identifying truth from lies from just plain silly; to share pointers to sites that help do that, and sites that most have us have found to have consistently factual info; and to discuss guidelines for being responsible journalists and editors ourselves.

Because in this World Wide Forum, we are  the media.

A useful site to start with: truth, lies, and the Internet on CNET.

Some standards of my own (Anitra Freeman speaking):

Bill Yerazunis adds: "Books are good, research papers are fine, but if you get the chance, run the experiment anyway and see what results you get."

Your turn! Your choice!

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OneWorld Discussion Forum -- activist forum discussing a world of issues.

alt.society.homeless newsgroup

alt.thebird.copwatch newsgroup discussion and reporting of police brutality

alt.thebird newsgroup discusses a wide range of issues.

Archived mailing list sites:

Homeless People's Network

Food Not Bombs

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Updated October 14, 2002


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