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Consider the source when searching for health information on the internet

Bob Roth | Special to the Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 9:50 am

TBT (Turn Back Time) to Thursday-night television in the late 1980s. A time before on-demand, Netflix, Hulu and binge watching were part of the vernacular. When it was time for “LA Law,” your heart skipped a beat. If you missed the episode, you missed it. I guess you could catch the reruns during the summer. I am really not sure. I almost never missed.

From “Perry Mason” to “Law & Order,” Americans love legal dramas. With rapt attention we watch as the plot unfolds with a judge, jury and the attorneys for both sides who must decide what to admit into the court. Considerations are made as to the source of the information, its credibility, whether a witness possesses the necessary expertise to make certain judgments and the plausibility of an argument. We love the methodology and critical-thinking skills that bring us to the edge of our seat at each show’s climax. I am asking you, my readers, as I ask myself: Why we don’t employ similar critical-thinking skills in the digital age?

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