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The web made genius

Updated on February 11, 2012

Are you Blogging This?

Paradox of the blog

I’ve noticed allot of articles of recent, over the proverbial “blogosphere” dealing with the topic of the internet, blogging, social networking and writing on the web; in essence blogging about blogging.

Even I have gone to my newspaper column, blogs and the Hub to discuss some of the aspects of near disgust about the over use of blogging and social networking.

One of the most amazing things I have noticed is the overall bad and often completely wrong information published, posted or whatever it is being called these days. There seems to be a new label for the process of uploading an article all of the time.

I remember when it all began and no journalist worth his or her salt would have called anything that didn’t get printed on paper publishing. After having manually typed your article, you then POSTED your article to the PROOF READER’s literal bulletin board who read it, proofed it and then sent the approved copy to the editor and if and when it got approved it was then sent “to bed” to be PUBLISHED via the printing presses.

When articles began going on the web for public review, it was always called “uploading”. Then BBS (the old MSDOS Bulletin Board Services) started loosely utilizing the term “posting” just like posting a note on a bulletin board.

As My Space and Face Book emerged the term took off like crazy and then eBooks came along and the term PUBLISHING on the web became the commonly accepted term and now Bloggers, Hub Pages and others are using the term PUBLISHING for placing articles on line.

I now hear however, the new preferred term being tallied about is “integrated or integration” e.g. your article is being “integrated” into the web or site. The idea is to totally differentiate from the physical idea of posting or publishing and presenting the whole integration of article, photos, videos and ads into one site.

The Hub and a few other sites are perfect examples of this new idea of posting and publishing. If rumors hold true, I am certain it won’t be long before we are all talking about the “integration of our writing “into the Hub. In fact I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see HubPages eventually becoming simply “The Hub”. I might add that my newspaper is already utilizing the term with regard to the on line version.

The great paradox however, about writing on the web is that very often a writer will write about a subject they know little if anything about but because of “search engines” they can appear a genius; you might say a web made genius.

I am completely astounded how here on the Hub and many other sites in the area of Christianity and religion, the multitude of writers who espouse their so called knowledge on every topic imaginable.

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Most of these writers are actually quite good… writing; although their knowledge is often flawed and skewed with error and incomplete information.

In most cases, I am certain that in order to generate discussion and controversy, these writers deliberately hit on the vulnerability of those seeking “quick fixes” to very complicated questions.

The same is true in the area of advice, counseling, self improvement and psychology.

I wonder if these writers understand they are affecting real life human beings.

Do they even care or is it simply a matter of filling up space with words and pretty pictures which will entice the “sunburn sensitive areas” of a person’s life satisfying a momentary need and drawing people to their site?

In my opinion, this is unconscionable. As writers we have a responsibility to be accurate and precise.

Unless it is meant for entertainment, a work of poetry, humor or short story, matters of religion and counseling should be accurate.

I realize that everyone is entitled to their opinion, we have the right of free speech and as such as long as the blog site doesn’t have a restriction to the content, anyone can say anything about anything; right or wrong.

Again, the web has become home to the “Web made genius” filling the web with all sorts of incorrect, false and wrong information.

The joke of course is, “If it is on the internet, it has to be right”. But actually, with such sites as “Wikipedia”, Angie’s List and others we know it’s just not true. Wikipedia which is quoted all the time even on the Hub is only about forty percent correct and lets the readers actually make corrections; right or wrong. Angie’s List gathers information about businesses which many might be entirely legitimate and reputable but because of some incorrect information or a few unhappy clients, the business often comes to near ruin.

There is even a video by a "Blog Writer" who teaches others that it doesn't matter if you know anything about the topic you are writing or not. She goes on to show people how to "steal other people's blogs" and make them their own. Cute isn't it? I hope you aren't one of those writers. You can access this horrible information at Write Articles Fast.

Even with the detail of Google to search and eliminate unwanted information based on the user, Google too is often guilty of political tilt resulting in unsubstantiated claims of inaccuracy getting through.

So today, it appears everyone can be a genius; at least a “web made genius”.

©Copyright 2012 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III

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      Treathyl FOX 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Just visited your profile at You use new terms I've never heard. At Wizzley you mentioned "ufology". Here you talk about "web made genius". My first time ever seeing that label applied. I don't really have an opinion about this HUB's content. But I can tell you this. I'm just writing to make some money! Call me a web made genius, call me jerk. Just read my stuff and hopefully buy something! Voted up.

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      Drtruthman 6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Thanks Christy, I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. You are one who for sure seems to write good, quality original work which I really enjoy. Thanks so much for stopping by. Lee

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      Drtruthman 6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Thanks Michiganman567. I appreciate your response and having been a script writer for local TV News for a while working my way through college I can tell you your comments were true 30+ years ago and even more so today. Sometimes we fed old UPI or AP stories straight and unedited directly into the teleprompter. Actually once you get over the fear factor, in front of the camera is much easier than behind the camera. thanks for the comment.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Lee, you bring such an interesting perspective to this hub. I agree that writers can sound like they know every topic out there by provided valid back links. Good quality work will rise to the top every time. I have heard that and believe it to be true. Keep on writing my friend.

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      michiganman567 6 years ago from Michigan

      Since you've never talked about me before it would be hard for you to talk about me again. I was just joking. It doesn't come off as well in text as it does in my mind sometimes.

      Thanks for enlightening me on the system of newspapers. I think that television is even worse. Sometimes it looks like they are reading the same transcript on news broadcasts.

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      Drtruthman 6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Thanks Debbie for reading and commenting. I am not sure I understand your comment but there in, is part of the problem with allot of what is wrong with the "bloggosphere". There is too much bad and incorrect information which often confuses people. Thanks for voting up. Oh, just think carefully about what people say and please do listen to the video link WRITE ARTICLES FAST to see just how deceitful people can be.

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      Drtruthman 6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Michiganman567, I hope you were kidding. I don't make it a practice of attacking anyone specifically on any site; especially the Hub. In fact I ENJOY your writing very much. I hope I have made that clear in past comments. If I have not, I apologize.

      I AGREE WITH YOU COMPLETELY in your comment here. I too have NEVER been to journalism school apart from one semester forced on me at a community college when I "lucked into the editors job". Although I have a PhD, most of my "minimal" journalism skills and knowledge come from OJE on the job experience. But my experience is legitimate and true. Your conclusions are correct. IT IS NOT JUST BLOGGERS.It is even done among legitimate News Papers. I had an LA Times reporter steal my work I wrote in my paper and claim it as his. I get very upset at the journalist who use AP and Reuters as their own. In their defense, News Papers almost insist their reporters use the services because they pay for it. My paper does also and I have been forced in my political articles to use some of the reports although I always try and use my own services and sources as much as possible. Journalist should try always to get their own story and do their own research.

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      michiganman567 6 years ago from Michigan

      Are you talking about me again? It isn't just bloggers who are guilty of internet genius. I see science journals, news sites, etc. where they copy information from each other. They try to include a quote sometimes so that they can say that they talked to the original source. Then they copy a few words directly and spin the information the way that they want to spin it.

      I think that a "journalist" is supposed to go out and get his own story. A lot of today's journalists copy AP and Reuters reports and call it their own. Maybe that is what a journalist is trained to do? I don't know, I never went to school for journalism.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow Mr. Truthman.. this hub is very interesting.. I have read so much different versions and I am totally confused.

      So glad you clarified this. thank you.

      I voted way up across the board d