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Crap Detection Reflection

Task part 1:

Watching Howard Rheingold’s video about crap detection was an intriguing perspective that I never thought to explore. From examining this video about crap detection has lead me to have a better understanding of its’ true meaning. How do you know what you are finding is accurate? Being able to know when we are handed bad or false information is an important key to have with you. He talked about how children nowadays are getting on the internet without knowing the difference between good and bad information. This can affect the safety of children all around the world. I agree with him when he said that children and the society as a whole need some essential tools for knowing how to have crap detection skills. Some of these tools are having the skills and literacy for researching things, knowing which web tools to use for helping you with your crap detecting, and having certain personal trust in people for supplying you with information. When you have theses tools, you can feel safer about when you are on the Internet. 

In the resource list, I went to the ‘Can You Spot the Fake Scientific Studies?’ and participated in recognizing whether or not a study was true or fake. There was 6 studies in total listed, but there were only 3 that actually were true and published, and the other 3 were made up. I went through and spotted the ones that were true and I actually got them all correct. I was able to locate which one’s that I thought were fake, however, it was a little hard because some were dumb and some seemed like a reasonable thing to study. The point of doing this though was to make people aware that scientist will investigate anything for the sake of just simply gaining knowledge and recognition, whether or not it is accurate or not. That’s why it is important to always know which sources are credible to believe or not. 

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/st_realorfake/

One of the FrontLine videos I watched emphasized the point of how technology has interfered with the intellectual basis of our generation and young people’s lives. He discussed how we need and should have a deep understanding of the things that we have created short cuts for. Reports came in showing that more than 40% of students in 2 year colleges and 29% of students in 4 year colleges now have to go into remediation classes, which is composed of basic learning skills that have to be retaught. There has been a huge amount of intellectual laziness because of technology, which results in us only relying on the short cuts. For example, we don’t take the initiative to know how to do long division or to go to that library to research things for our own benefit. I agree with him saying that we have become lazy with relying on short cuts and other sources of information that could in fact be uncertain.  

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/learning/concentration/diving-in.html?play

Exploring through all of these videos and articles about crap detection and web literacy made me take a step back and recognize how I have been approaching my research. I now notice that my crap detection skills could be better, and I do fall under the category of having laziness and relying on people for answers. When I am searching the web, as soon as I come across a piece of information that sounds like a good reasonable answer to me, I take it and rely on that, however, is it reliable and accurate? I have never taken the time to consider how true the source could be. This lesson has really expanded my mind about what I am letting be feed to me through means of the Internet and experts. 

Task part 2:

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