There’s nothing really new to report today, but is anything really new unless we get on Twitter?
Actually, that’s my complaint. People that get their news from Twitter. I taught a class in college in which students were asked by a guest instructor where they got their news. A surprising number of them said they got it from Twitter.
Which leads me to believe they aren’t actually getting news at all, but gossip, often erroneous.
I bring this up because former Jazz forward Kris Humphries has been getting slapped around on the Internet because of a Tweet he sent on election night. He tweeted this: “My cab driver told me that Romney won. Can I trust this?”
I’m gonna take a wild guess: No.
Whoever coined the phrase “Don’t believe everything you read” would have been amazed at the world today. A cabbie tells Humphries.Then Humpries essentially tells 900,000 followers that Romney’s the president.
There are no guaranteed rules on accuracy on the Internet. Mainstream media make mistakes, too. But a general rule of thumb is that a news source that pays its employees is far more reliable than one that doesn’t get paid. Their jobs depend on it. A Twitter user has no real incentive to be accurate.
In that light, I would suggest to both Humprhies and everyone else to get their news from someplace credible. Get it from a source you can trust.