When it comes to Apple, where do I stand? Regular readers will know. I’m a vocal critic. I’m a fangirl. I can do both because Apple Inc. has great products which I use and love and evangelize. And, Apple is a large and complex company made up of many moving parts and they don’t always move correctly (of course, correctly in my eyes).
Regular readers will know where I stand on politics. I’m a vocal critic; less so of politicians, and more so of those who elected them to office; the voters. I’m in favor of technology companies, search engine giants, social media giants doing what needs to be done.
Take a stand. Draw a line in the sand. Put a nutrition label or a rating system on news.
We have polls and rating systems and reviews of almost everything in life; from movies to cars to issues and ideas to food. Where are the nutrition labels for news? Issie Lapowsky on a survey:
More than 60 percent of respondents said they were less likely to share stories from sites that were clearly labeled as unreliable. They were also more likely to trust stories from websites marked as credible.
There you go. Nutrition labels for news. Ratings for websites and articles.
Even the general public (from the survey) think that nutrition labels or a rating system should be applied to stories. Of course, who does the rating system will be an issue– who monitors the monitors– but the idea makes sense (and, thanks to the misinformation superhighway being what it is, will find its way to corruption very quickly).
How about a rating system for Apple Inc? How about one for President Trump?
Both have a system of sorts already in place. For Apple, customers rate the company with their feet, credit card, or checkbook. If Apple screws up, customers are free to buy elsewhere. That keeps the company on its collective toes.
What about President Trump?
He may not like it, but he’s a politician now, and voters resemble Apple’s customers and can rate the president’s performance with their votes. Trump won the election by about 75,000 votes spread across three states that, at the last minute, swung from left to right. Based on elections since then, that scenario is not likely to be repeated in 2020.
Apple and Trump have a built-in rating system but no nutrition label. The former is customers and voters. The latter is what websites and news articles need. An independent review of content, as non-partisan as it can be, to review and rate both the website and its content as to purpose and value, as to its ability to deliver factual news vs. opinion. As it is now, voters and readers need to figure it out on their own.
How is that working out?
Americans are the most obese and misinformed developed nation on planet earth with a remarkably corrupt and ineffective political system. We could do worse than implement a nutrition label or rating system on websites and politicians.