Critical Reading and Writing Q1

October 30, 2010 at 5:23 am (Learning Portfolio 4) ()

The Internet is a forever changing network that anyone in the world can contribute to or access; there are no filters (Kirk, E. 1996). There are many reputable sources of information on the Internet providing us with high quality and credible information if you know how and were to look. Kirk (1996) states that because anyone can write a Web page, documents of the widest range of quality, written by authors of the widest range of authority, are available on an even playing field. So in order to determine a credible website from a non-credible site it is important to look for the name of the company and/or the names of the people behind it. Some way to contact them, email, phone number or an address, and compare given information with other sources that you’ve found to see that they match up. If we do not evaluate the information we are given on the Internet we can quite easily be mislead because not only can people go on and provide false information but also they can go on the Internet and deceive and trick people, from creating false identity to scamming people for money. As a university student I expected to reinforce all of my studies and theories with credible information to prove that I know what I’m talking about and have done valid research so credibility on the Internet affects me greatly. As there are very few barriers to publish on the internet (Fogg, B. J. 2003) if relied on the first webpage I found to substantiate my assignments it could be completely false causing me to fail so it is essential to evaluate were you are getting your information from because if we believed everything we read we would become a very brainless race of people.

 

Fogg, B. J. (2003). Credibility and the World Wide Web. In Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do (pp. 122‐125). Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufmann Publisher.

Kirk, E. (1996). Johns Hopkins University. Retrieved May 2010, from the Website:http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/index.html

 

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