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Yes, Paul Carr of TechCrunch is right in many ways… the real time web, and people powering it, can’t really handle the truth.   I’ve said in the past too.  The real time web is not going to last as a viable source of data and truth.  To make it reliable it’s going to be far less real time.  Getting to the facts takes time, resources and sometimes vast amounts of thought (by a computer or a human).

What’s troubling though is that there’s a ton more misinformation pain to go through before users and/or companies figure out what to do with all this mass real time web publishing.  This Ft. Hood twitter stuff is pretty bad.  The celebrity death rumors are horrible. how much worse does it have to get before our values catch up? or maybe it’s ok?  maybe deciphering real from fake information is best left up to the end user?  it’s better than less info?

 

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It wasn’t real news the other day, but it is now.  Balloon Boy – a series of hoaxes.  First the original hoax, now the authorities “misleading” the media to “keep the trust” of the Heenes.  So now how do you go on to nail someone for lying and then use lies to trap them in their lies?

As I said the other day there are some serious issues with TV news and the real time web.  It’s clear that few folks stepped away from the situation to really consider what was going on.   It’s pretty easy to blame the Heenes.  BUT…. Media (broadcasters and consumers) created the Heenes.   So… how will we all approach these situations in the future?   Instead of news and real time web being a stiff wind to fan the flames, how can it turn into machinery to get at the facts/truth faster? Is it even possible to be REAL TIME and get to the facts?  (I don’t think so)

If new media doesn’t figure this out, which only happens when consumers demand it, we’ll see oddities like this becoming far less odd and it will get harder to decipher what’s a serious situation and what isn’t.

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