It seems that on most nights Batya and I will get into a discussion about something that is going on in the news. Sometimes Batya surprises me with news I hadn't heard yet. And, sometimes, I bring a new topic to the table. I know that a lot of people these days get their news from social media sources - such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. While I do sometimes see articles posted on Facebook...I always try and find another source. You see, the problem with social media is that it is open for everyone and anyone to post whatever they want. Let me give you an example:
Today, Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - I was scrolling through my Facebook "newsfeed" and I saw an entry encouraging all users to call this 888 number immediately. So, being the curious person I am, I clicked on the site. I was taken to a website claiming that if I called this number, I would be given almost immediate student loan debt relief. As someone who went to university and seminary for many, many years, I have accrued quite a bit of this debt. If I was someone else, I might have called that phone number instantly and been duped into a program that basically would do nothing but cause me to pay MORE money. If you choose not to do any research on these kinds of news links, at least look at the comments from other Facebook users. Sometimes, that is the only research you need to do!
Now, don't get me wrong. Sometimes, maybe even a lot of the time, the news links I find on Facebook are genuinely good and helpful - maybe even interesting and insightful. What one must do when searching for the news is to research a variety of websites. If you are a conservative, check out liberal web sources. If you are a liberal, check out conservative web sources. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, there is good and educational material in almost all sites out there. And, even if you think what you are reading is bogus, at least you have an idea of what is out there...beyond your own thoughts and understandings.
So, what websites do I check out? I am glad you asked - here is a list some of the news websites I frequent:
When you are exploring what is going on in our world, make sure you check out a variety of sites...not just the ones that represent your own political agenda. I often learn more from reading varied perspectives on issues.
As always, I am,
Rabbi Erin Boxt