Tuesday, December 04, 2007

truth pulling

I just found out last night that a major US entertainment magazine has shut down its 'fact-checking department'. Made me chuckle and speaks volumes about shifting values in this space. Another nail in the coffin for 'authority over opinion'?

However, this coincides with me starting up a fact-checking department. So I'll get back to you over the next month or so to confirm or deny this story.

4 Comments:

Blogger Rob Mortimer said...

Odd really considering how the truth is now both more important than ever and easier to find than ever.

3:11 pm  
Blogger Andy said...

a-ha, but is it?
when it comes to an entertainment magazine that is full of gossip, is truth important? Plenty of people's desire to believe is more important than knowing the truth, surely?

And is the truth easier to find When it's mixed up with untruths? Who is the authority in our new wiki-twitter-sphere?

P.s. Thanks for commenting. I get lonely ;)

5:15 pm  
Blogger Rob Mortimer said...

Maybe less so in that environment indeed. Perhaps by bending the truth rather than outright lying they get away with it.

No problem!

2:17 pm  
Blogger Andy said...

i think gossip is a fascinating product. In many ways it only needs to serve the moment. I.e. I can send a stupid story to a friend and if it turns out it was false it still served its purpose for social interaction.
But you're right - I think believability (rather than truth) is important. If I read that David Beckham was caught buggering an Alsation I might send the story to a friend, but if it said he was caught rutting the dog on his way to the moon with Branson I perhaps wouldn't bother because it would obviously be a joke. We want to believe, but it has to be teetering on the edge of plausibility.

2:28 pm  

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