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Fake News: How to avoid spreading hoaxes on social media

November 14, 2016

There have been numerous stories in the wake of the election about fake news. Although it's hard to know how much impact it had, there are some who claim that fake news on Facebook and stories linked from Google could have affected the election outcome. This post, which first appeared on in September 2015, talks about how you can avoid spreading hoaxes and lies. [...]

Fake News? You are responsible for what you post, share or maybe even ‘like’

November 13, 2016

By Larry Magid Posted in October and updated In the words of Bernard Baruch, “Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.” He said that in 1950, but if he were alive today, he’d probably be saying it with even more urgency. Unfortunately, we now live at a time of fake news. I see and hear false facts almost every day, from cable news pundits, [...]

Helping Melania Trump combat cyberbullying

November 10, 2016

Melania Trump (Wikimedia Commons) The voters have spoken and Melania Trump is our next first lady. Typically, I wouldn’t give advice to someone about to occupy the east wing of the White House, but Mrs. Trump has said that she plans to use her new platform to help combat cyberbullying. “We must find better ways to honor and support the basic goodness of our children, especially in social [...]

Online services unite to help find abducted girl: 1993 Mercury News column about Polly Klass

November 2, 2016

This column is being reposted 26 years after first publication. ON-LINE SERVICES UNITE TO HELP FIND ABDUCTED GIRL ELECTRONIC POSTER MAKES PHOTOGRAPH OF POLLY KLASS AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE San Jose Mercury News – Sunday, October 10, 1993 By: LAWRENCE J. MAGID column Today’s column is not just about computers. It’s about how computer users can help locate Polly Hanna Klaas and other [...]

National Media Education Week comes at a perfect time

October 31, 2016

National Media Literacy Education, coordinated by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), "is designed to bring attention and visibility to media literacy education in the United States." according to its organizers. [...]

Technology can help prevent a flooded home

October 28, 2016

My wife and I spent July 4th in Key West, Florida and, after an evening of fireworks, we returned to our hotel for a peaceful night’s sleep. But it didn’t last long. At 2 a.m. we got a call from our adult daughter Katherine, telling us that water was gushing through the walls and ceilings and down the stairs of our house, because of a broken plastic pipe in the upstairs bathroom. She was at [...]
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