Be careful where you get your information from…

http://okgagnon.com/2011/12/20/5-tips-for-building-credibility/

The internet is known as the holy place where all of ones questions can be anwsered or ones statement can be backed up. However, that isn’t always the case. Nowadays, people will believe anything from any source because, well… it’s the internet! The truth is you can’t just get your information from anywhere. According to Chapter 8 of Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology, when wanting to use print sources to back up ones opinion or provide additional information that source must be accurate, credible, objective, current, and comprehensive. Without those five criteria a source isn’t very much believable.

For example, If you read a blog that said that Lil Wayne was dead would you believe it? Or got word from some unheard of news source that the zombie apocalypse is beginning… would you believe that to? Honestly, people just post whatever they want for entertainment purposes or just because they think there very educated on a topic when in reality, they are not credible or accurate. Most information from sources can be filled with subjective and uncomprehensive statements. There are times though that unreliable sources can be credible but it’s up to us to evaluate those sources and figure what is true and what isn’t.

I guess not everyone should be judged for what they post or what they post about. As far as the issue discussed on pages 219-220 about social-networking sites being looked at for employement; i don’t think that’s right. When we evaluate people, it makes more sense to make our opinions about them on the right aspects of their life. Seeing if someone is well equipped for a job based on their facebook doesn’t seem fair to me. Someone’s personal life should be seperate from their job. Also, why judge someone through a networking site? Seriously though, not everything seen is true or serious that’s why it helps to actually know that personin reality. At the same time, some people get too crazy and post ANYTHING on their facebook; those people need to chill out.

The bottom line is that not all sources are credible in every situation. One should look up multiple sources and use their evaluating skills to see if that source is right to use. The internet is a crazy yet good place to get information, but remember to be carerful where you get your information from.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Be careful where you get your information from…

  1. I agree with your blog post absolutely. The picture you chose for it couldn’t be more perfect. The internet truly is a remarkable place. You can find so much information of a specific source yet lately as you explained, the internet seems to be known more for its lies about celebrities and any kind of information. As you said, it really all depends where you look for information on the web. Like the chapter said, if you read something that sounds more like opinion than fact, it is most likely a lie. When it comes to the whole controversy of employers looking at their employees Facebook, I completely agree with what you said. Facebook is simply for socializing. It is a social network that encourages you to be just as funny and crazy with your friends on the web just like one would be in person. Lastly, I agree with the fact that you can’t just base a goofy picture or post of a person and judge them by it. There may be the most reserved people on Facebook but in person they are completely opposite of what they post. Either way, it’s important to get the facts straight, and not simply go by what people say and what you see.

  2. I also agree with you on how the internet is full of false information that nobody can truly control if someone wants to start a sting of lies they can. Eventually someone would take down or replace the information but, for the time it was up multiple people out there read and believed the post and now have either started to continue the lie by telling friends or writing about the topic. As we continue to become more and more dependent on technology whats going to happen to the information then will most of it be false and then we would continue to live in a society where we can’t not only not believe what we hear but what we hear. There will come a time where hackers and people who craft these false informations will be able to craft how society thinks and acts unless all of this is controlled and maintained

  3. I totally agree with your blog post. Especially in this generation, where technology is so easily reached…I feel like people really need to establish a filter within themselves. People without thinking twice just believe everything on the internet, which in turn causes a lot of damage. Learning to evaluate sources is an important skill living in this time.
    I think that people should be careful of what they post on Facebook…now a days people use it as a site to post pictures of partying etc… however I do feel like companies should not take advantage of the site to decide who to employ. That is because even companies can be biased…they might want that person that shares that one extra thing in common with them.
    People…should just learn to control their actions online, and control what they believe in.

  4. I totally agree with your post about where we get our information from and needing to check to make sure it’s reliable! Most people don’t realize or even think about the fact that everything they read on the Internet may not be true.

    I don’t agree with employers not being able to view social media cites though. I think that they should view them to see what their future employee is like. To see if they are well composed. A lot of people are great in interviews but then you go to their social media cite and it’s a completely different story. The way I think about it is that if you wouldn’t want your future employer to see something you post, don’t post it!

  5. I too, agree with your opinion on where we get our information. There are too many people who think they have authority to talk about something when in fact they don’t. It’s sad that even more people read and believe those people though. Many people decide not to check the credibility or accuracy of information they find online. This of course if often how false and sometimes completely ridiculous information is spread rapidly online, even though it might not make any logical sense.

    As for the social-networking thing, while i could care less since I don’t use social-networking sites, I would agree with you that it is a little invasive into someones private life. However, if you have something you don’t want certain people to see, its probably not a good idea to put it in a place they can easily find it.

  6. Very nice blog post!
    Over the last …what ten years since the internet exploded so much information has been shared and edited and rewritten its really hard to figure out what is real or not. Common sense plays a big factor in what you would find “credible”.

    As for facebook and social networking what you put out there is you own fault. If businesses can find this “shared” information and use it against you, I believe it is wrong… but… at the same time… we freely put this stuff out there, why can’t they freely make a judgement?

    It’s a complicated world we live in these days.

  7. I really enjoyed reading your post. I cannot tell you how many times that I see posts on Facebook and think to myself “do people even look to see if these things are true?”(For example, people posting about Bill Nye being dead which is a lie) I do, however, refrain from ever letting the people know that their information is wrong because they tend to get defensive about it. It is time consuming and not always easy to check your facts, so people tend to want to take the easy way out and just never check. As far as your comments social networking, I do not really agree. The internet is becoming more integrated into our lives, so it is only natural that how we conduct ourselves there should be an accurate representation of ourselves. That doesn’t mean we have to be serious all the time, but we should have better situational awareness. That being said, it would probably be unfair to judge somebody based on past posts.

  8. great blog.
    its true that not every thing on the internet is “always” true. but i do not agree with your argument about social networking. like Taylor Pasi stated above “”the internet is becoming more integrated into our lives”. many users of social networking sites abuse the privilege the are giving by not thinking before writing or posting pics. when ever we go for a job interview we try to be our best while on site like Facebook we show a different personality. i don’t see anything wrong with an employer trying to know more about the person they are about to hire. for me if i want to know more about someone the first thing i do is search on Facebook. social network users should not be scared of what an employer might find on there site. all we need to do is know the privacy settings of each site, who can assess information about you and more importantly think before writing.

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