The Internet Is Full Of Misinformation And You May Be Too.
Vaccinations. There is probably no other topic that better illustrates how a few hard headed and soft hearted people can spread misinformation on the internet. Here’s a FACT: Not everything on the internet is true. People can publish partial information, their biased “research” or outright lies without anyone really fact checking the information. Now, how somebody goes to one of these websites and thinks they’ve somehow discovered “the truth” about the topic at hand is beyond me. It’s simple: CONSIDER THE SOURCE.
A long time ago a medical researcher (Andrew Wakefield) published an article linking vaccinations to autism. That study was later discredited and was called “an elaborate fraud” by those who attempted to recreate his so-called “results”. Since that time a few homeopathic websites, along with some just plain crazy ones have treated this whole thing as a kind of conspiracy (as if the government wanted your kids to be autistic).
Anyways, this blog isn’t about the vaccination mess, it’s about how a few numbskulls can grab a piece of information and spread it around until you believe it’s true or might be true. I see the same thing all the time with government conspiracies, u.f.o.s and other subject that appeal to the tin-foil hat crowd. Some person thinks that, like a Hollywood movie, they’re going to spend a couple hours on the internet and find the “truth” because of course it was hiding in plain site all along. Well, personally I’ll trust the scientists with decades of research and all of those cool bubbling beakers over your internet research anytime. Heck, I’ll even trust reports straight from the government (that you think is so evil) over the few websites you visited while waiting for your porn password to be reset.
So let me say this one more time: just because it’s on the internet doesn’t make it true.
Oh, and if you’re still thinking about the “vaccine” issue, you might want to check out this video: