That the general populace needs to rethink before batting information from one Twitter account to another, that there is a need to recheck, reevaluate, verify and confirm information could not have become clearer than it did yesterday when the Associated Press’ account was hacked.
There is a difference between information and fact.
While information is knowledge concerning a happening, a fact is something that actually exists or has happened. The knowledge surrounding that fact could be right or wrong. That is what needs to be verified. And that is where we need journalists.
I am not opposed to change. Quite the contrary. I believe we need change to grow and flourish. However, when we rush into something, making irresponsible statements along the way by putting out ideas that could endanger us all, is when I look at change with caution.
The “bad guys” always seem to know where we are most vulnerable. Now, all someone has to do is sit behind a computer, spread misinformation and then watch us go nuts. All the more reason why we need to be careful how we dispense that information and wait for it to be checked. Hence the need for real journalists.
Why this need for real information? Why this need for verified facts? To be safe and happy, right? So let’s make haste while we get the truth but let’s not make speed. After all, who was it that won? The hare or the tortoise?