Mary asked: “Who writes the stuff that gets on the smartphone internet and apps. So much of it is incorrect and I want to know why. Shouldn’t it be the same as you get on PCs? Some of the stuff I look up – I already know it’s wrong. Who gets hired to write that stuff? How do they find writers and how do those writers have the qualifications to be telling us stuff?”
Before we can answer that, Mary, we would have to know what particular apps you’re talking about. There isn’t a separate “smartphone Internet,” it’s all the same Internet. If the information you’re talking about is contained within a specific app, then the answer to your question is that the information comes from whoever wrote the app.
When you ask “who writes the stuff,” that’s hard to answer. There are literally thousands of people involved in app development. At the Advanced Media Network, we have an app developer on our staff. So it could be, quite literally, anyone “writing this stuff.” As with anything you find through a smartphone app or online search, we encourage you to compare multiple sources before you decide who to believe. It is completely amazing how five minutes spent with search engines can peel back layers and layers of misinformation.
Finally, when it comes to qualifications, surely you’ve seen enough of life in the 21st century to know that being qualified had nothing to do with having an agenda and advancing that agenda. If people had to be qualified on a subject before they opened their mouths, it would be very much like that old Simon and Garfunkel song: The Sounds of Silence.