A Little Bit of Column True, And A Little Bit of Column False

E Wiley

Before It’s News and Forced Vaccines

Before It’s News brings us the real low down on how the government is gonna make sure every red blooded American gets vaccinated.

Stop

First of all, that’s a wild claim to make no matter how dystopian the world feels. But I digress.

Investigate

Before It’s News has a track record of fake news articles, ranging from reptile governments to moon landing hoaxes. It is so embedded in the legacy of fake news, Google has them listed in their own transparency report as a site that has been requested to be delisted from searches.

Finding Better Coverage

Many places, including the CDC itself, can list the ways in which vaccine rollouts are not mandatory for anyone, and in fact are only mandatory by institutions who are within their rights to make them so.

Tracing Claims

Finding the source of conspiracies is a lesson in futility, but a cursory Google Search into ‘Forced Vaccination’ will bring up any number of sources who will back up the claims of Before It’s News.

The BBC and The Death of the Queen

BBC reports the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Stop

Wait really? Did she actually die? In our lifetime? Because she’s ‘died’ in the past and the internet does a little gasp before finding out it’s fake, but that’s BBC.

Investigate

This is THE BBC website. It isn’t a .gov or a .net. That is the official news source of England reporting on the death of the Queen.

Finding Better Coverage

Oh. Oh no. It’s everywhere. Every news source is reporting on this. Even The Daily Wire is acknowledging it. This is… not great.

Tracing Claims

And there’s Prince Charles, addressing the world about the Queen’s death. I mean that’s the King now. He’s kinda the authority on if the Queen was still alive. This is just upsetting. I think I’m gonna lay down.

Who is the Internet For? Or, Why Openness and Accessibility are Necessary.

E Wiley

Openness

Why?

Openness allows for a level of transparency between user and creator. Knowing where your information is coming from and being able to discern that is an invaluable asset, especially in an age of

How?

For one, a major step in an open internet is knowing what a webpage is doing as you view it. Is it collecting data? Mouse Clicks? This in addition to other changes such as where the info in that sits within intellectual property domain, and the purpose of the site, allow for a more open and transparent internet.

Accessibility

Why?

Accessibility is necessary to allow people of any background and skill level to make use of the internet. With the world progressing further into a digital dependency on not just information, but everything, it is important nobody is left behind.

How?

There are a bevy of ways to make the internet and sites more accessible to everyone. In addition to Alt text on pictures and embedded link, UC Berkley’s IT department lists many great ways to make your website more accessible.

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