The Power of Words

The Power of Words

I started this blog with few thoughts about the questionable quality of the information available online (part 1 & part 2). However, after seeing these next two videos recently, I decided to contribute more on the topic. This time I will focus on the words used, i.e. the way things are expressed in a certain way to shape your reaction and opinions. This  very cunning method is used in both public and private sectors, and certainly as a phenomenon it’s on the rise.

To get you  to understand this topic, its importance and influence more, check out this must-see video from Billy Johnson:

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The Dark Side of Information Overload

The Dark Side of Information Overload

I’m an information addict, no doubt, but then again isn’t that the case for the most of us these days? The thing is that unlike (unfortunately) most of us, whenever I find something especially interesting/intriguing online, I dig deep and go for the original source – behind the scenes, so to say, in order to see what really is under the polished end-product, which is fed to the masses.

The Internet has indeed made the creating, consuming, sharing and searching for information easier than ever before, but it has not done so without consequences. The openness of the Internet has lots of debatable downsides, ranging from cyber terrorism to illegalized peer networks, but although many of those regularly gain flashy headlines, I’m writing about an issue that is often ignored: the quality and the worthiness of the data itself.

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