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Alll The News That's Print To Fit

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Today's society could quite possibly be brainwashed. Since birth, humans are "taught" to believe anything and everything they hear. Since its development, the internet has been a quick, easy, and functional way of finding information on infinite topics. It seems that the web is the way to go for many people, but can we believe everything we hear or see displayed on every web page? From sources ranging from local newspapers to national new publications, it may be possible to uncover both valid and invalid information. While a site may have a distinguished reputation, one must browse the web with a skeptical eye. The first site accessed in my studies was a very well known newspaper in my area, The Times Herald Record. Recently, in an article regarding a current poverty situation in Newburgh, New York, one is likely to come across factual and false information. It is believable that Newburgh is census tract 4 and has many residents living below the poverty line, but in the next few lines of the article, information tends to get sketchy. "Authorities try to keep addicts out of abandoned buildings by cementing blocks in front of the doors. Still, crackheads break through with sledgehammers." While it may be true what the co-authors wrote in much of the article, the above statement has no concrete evidence on the events that they say happen in Newburgh everyday. This is just one example of how bias and interpretation can alter the contents of a composition.In a publication by www.fastcompany.com, executive Rob Lieber discusses seven questions regarding the future of frequent flier miles. On the surface the article looks as if it is very factual, and it may actually be valid. If viewed with a skeptical eye, the article lacks proof in the statistics and sources of information. For example, Mr. Lieber deals with this question: "Will it ever get easier to redeem amounts smaller than, say, 25,000 miles?" He goes on to say, "It's already happening. In fact, one of Robert Crandall's many retirement hobbies is sitting on the board of MilePoint.com, an Internet-based service that allows users to take a small number of their miles from certain frequent-flier programs and trade them for magazine subscriptions or savings at various stores and shopping sites." This statement may be true, and the website and article may be well planned and developed, but the author fails to present any evidence. Though he displays no clear confirmation, many statements may be valid. He opens with saying, "The basic problem is that people are earning miles a lot faster than airlines are buying planes and adding routes to their networks. What does the future hold for frequent-flier programs? Here are answers to seven high-flying questions." Now anyone who uses airlines knows, that it is hard enough to get seats on a plane even when one has a ticket. Statements such as the above by Mr. Lieber are...

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