Obedience to Authority: How much do you trust the information on internet?
Several days ago, in one of my teachings at the leading corporation in the United States, I gave the information on population density. I asked my audience if they knew which country had the highest population density in the world. Lots of people in the session came up with all the major cities of the world, and most people named “Tokyo” as the number one place for the population density.
I told them Bangladesh’s the country for the highest population density, and everybody quickly became silent. Immediately, one person pulled out his smartphone and began googling it; he raised his hand very high and said, “Tim, you are wrong! I’ve just found India is ranked as the number one in population density. This Weather Channel site says so!” All other people started to talk to each other and it wouldn’t stop. I told them that I would come back with the more precise information.
The session’s over, and many people looked at me with a sort of suspicious look. I felt like I became the liar. Now, I have to fight against The Weather Channel. “The Weather Channel is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned as a joint venture between NBC Universal, and investment firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. The channel broadcasts weather forecasts and weather-related news, along with documentaries and entertainment programming related to weather.” The most reliable source of information in television channels!
After only 5 minutes of research, I’ve found out I was right. TWC used the information from 2007, but they put up the article on Feb. 26, 2014. It’s not wrong, but it’s old data. I used the data from 2012 and 2013. Still some people believe this information from TWC is right. Just because it’s from The Weather Channel. No blame! But be careful trusting the source, than the actual information!