The Information Age: How credible is it?
When you think about accessing information the last thing on your mind is whether or not the information is credible. We are a grab and go generation, we want it when we want it and having to do extra research to divulge its credibility presents quite a hassle. This is why Digital ethic is under attack .
Digital ethics under attack? but I thought “they couldn’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true.” According to a research done by Moe Folk of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and Shawn Apostel of Eastern Kentucky University the biggest group to suffer from this dilemma is our youths, and as ”Livingstone(2009) pointed out, children represent around one-fifth of the population in developed countries” and “childrens digital media behavior is indicative of future trends, it also signals a potentially different relation to information gathering and evaluation in the
Seeing and knowing is two different things and as avid internet users dabbling in the digital mainstream you must be able to weed out the good from the bad. Maybe the term “ knowledge is power” should take a different approach and say, “factual knowledge is power.” You are more likely to run into uncredible free flowing information in this digital media age than finding a shoe to match with your outfit and that rare.
Consider this, when you access a site, you believe or rather hope it carries credible information, this in turn relieves the pressure of having to flub all over trying to prove a sites credible information. However, this can be a double edged sword because on one end you are trusting someone else to provide you with factual information therefore the research process has been taken out of your hands .
There is nothing like a good old fashion scavenger hunt, it gives you a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. But with all the information floating around, it seems rather tedious. So,how do you develop a researching mind? Well, as I always tell my daughter, “ If I say the sun is orange, don’t take my word for it because I am your mother, go and see for yourself”
Just because you trust someone does not mean you have to trust everything they say or do. According to The John D. and Catherine T.MacArthur Foundation reports on Digital media Learning, The new digital media frontier is rich with opportunities and particularly moldable minds.These minds are in danger of receiving, processing and dissemination unfactual, careless and biased information.
Websites such as Wikipedia are constantly defending their credibility unlike Peer reviewed Journals Articles which has been a stamp of approval with its proven background for providing factual information.
To decide what makes someone and/or company trustworthy consider some of the following elements:
2. Management Information
3. Contact information
4. Privacy policies
6. Put a name to the face
7. Copyright symbols
8. Is it a zombie page
9. Organization of facts; primary vs secondary
10. Is the information verifiable.
My question is, had I not ask whether the site was credible or not, would Ms. Harden accepted the information as is?I conducted a survey to test the credibility of a website, unfortunately only one person responded and it was Ms. Patti Harden. Ms. Harden determined that the link to the site I sent her was not a credible site because as she researched the name of the animal, it became clear that there is no such animal. Furthermore, there was a website that addressed the credibility of the link I sent her. Her investigation turned up a few articles such as the Fake ‘tree octopus’ exposes risks of Internet reliance among students and The octopus paxarbolis: Developing information literacy.