Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Discussion Questions_Rheingold_Lehrer

The article titled, "Crap Detection 101", gives some key advice to readers on how to evaluate information posted on the web. It focuses strongly on the downfalls that have and that may happen if web information consumers are not careful and investigative with the information they receive online.

1. In your consumption of online information how much time do you spend fact checking? Do you have an "automatic crap detector operating inside" of you as Ernest Hemingway said all citizens should have?

2. The author believes a good way to gauge a source's credibility is the "triangulation" theory or the testing it's credibility with three different ways. Do you think this is a sufficient way to check information? What are they ways you test a sources credibility?

3. Rheingold mentioned the problem of sites and groups that use false information to "dupe" people, do you think this is something that can continue to be possible in the growing media society?

4. Another quote from the author states that, "the issue of information literacy could be even more important than the health or education of some individuals", do you agree with this? How much do you see online information credibility as an issue?

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