Sunday, April 20, 2014

Six Suggestions for Trusting Internet Information

Use of the Internet is frought with danger, especially for students and children who have learned how to separate fact from fiction, truth from falsehood, or the good from the bad.  And in this context we're talking about information.

The Tyranny of the Internet

When lost in the wilderness, a map helps.  When browsing the Internet, you are on your own.  There are no road signs, guides, or indicators to help you decide what to believe and what to discard.

Such is life in the 21st Century.

The six guides suggested in the above post might help:

"1.  Consider the source.  If the website itself looks cheap or ugly (to you) then . . . Anyone can put up a web site or post a bog.
2.  Scholarship demands transparency.  Look for qualified sources of information who list their names, titles, roles.
3.  Look for an obvious track record – copyright, other recent posts, Twitter follows and followers, LinkedIn connections, Facebook timeline.  They key here is that the author/writer/poster is serious about sharing information and has a record to prove it.  New contributors will prove that over time.
4.  Value the message.  Topic, relevance, and balance where sides are important.
5.  Silently demand clarity – spelling, grammar, and punctuation count (to me at least).
6.  Embrace other cultures and languages.  (use Google Translate or a similar translation tool)"

Thanks to The Cloud is Huge
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