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These Times

‘The Lightning,’ the internet and opinions

“In 1858, three days after the first Atlantic [telegraph] Cable connected New York and London, The New York Times asked if the news would become ‘too fast for the truth.’ ” — From the book “Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington”

“Too fast for the truth.” That phrase should be stamped on every cellphone, tablet and laptop sold in this country. It could read like this: “Warning: This product is too fast for the truth. Wait before forming an opinion on information presented.”

Before you think, “That’s not practical” or “That’s nanny state government” or “You’re so stupid,” I checked....

 

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