In his dialogue, Phaedrus , the Greek philosopher Plato’s King Thamus argued that rather than aiding human memory, the Egyptian god Theuth’s gift of writing offered only the appearance of wisdom; 2,400 years later, Plato’s debate has resurfaced to blame Google and Facebook for our current misfortunes. The struggle to understand the effects of digitization on the news media, politics, commerce, and the very concept of truth itself remains in its infancy, so far without an heir to Plato. For centuries, it was the role of the press, the so-called Fourth Estate, to speak truth to power and hold the powerful accountable. The internet has changed that, and the costs of this information free-for-all become more evident every day — malignant conspiracy theories; foreign efforts to influence democratic elections; emboldened political, racial, religious, and ethnic extremism, literally ad nauseam. “ Disinformation is infecting our democratic discourse at rates that threaten the long-term … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau?
The endangered rhino population in Nepal saw its numbers rebound in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic largely putting a halt to the world's tourism industry. Officials with Nepal's Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) told CNN that a manual count of the greater one-horned rhinos across Nepal's four national parks counted 752 of the animals, the first time more than 650 have been seen in one survey since 2000. The rise in population was attributed by the officials to a drop in tourism, which allowed the national park habitats to remain largely undisturbed. Other factors including government-run conservation projects were also credited with the rhino boom. ADVERTISEMENT COVID-19 saw airline travel and tourism plunge to historically low levels as many countries instituted bans on nonessential travel. "Chitwan [National Park] is a major habitat for rhinos in Nepal but we have translocated them to [other parks] to make an alternate … [Read more...] about Pandemic helps boost rhino population in Nepal
By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Resources Council wants to take your electronic waste. It will launch Pop-Up E-Waste Collection events next month in both the North Hills and South Hills. The collections will be held at Michael Brothers Hauling and Recycling on Hoffman Road in the North Hills and Horning Road in the South Hills. The dates are as follows. NORTH HILLS: Tuesday, May 4, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday, May 6, from 2 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday, May 13, from 2 – 6 p.m. SOUTH HILLS: Tuesday, May 18, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday, May 20, from 2 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday, May 27, from 2 – 6 p.m. The PRC will take and recycle a number of different devices, like cellphones, computer towers, laptops, video game consoles, old televisions, printers and more. There is a charge for some items. Anyone who participates must wear a face mask. For more … [Read more...] about PRC To Host Pop-Up E-Waste Collections In North Hills, South Hills