Internet and Information Essay

815 WordsFeb 16, 20144 Pages
Dear Friend, Like you, I am fascinated by the Internet, but I believe our fascination comes from different sources. I am fascinated not by the ease of finding information, but by the information you can find. You can find just about anything you want to know on the Internet, but you have to be careful because not all of that information is reliable. It is interesting that you ask about assessing the value of the information you find on the Internet. I recently started taking a course through the University of Phoenix and this is one of the topics we have been discussing. Being that it is only my third week in class I will do my best to answer your questions, but I am far from an expert. There are several things that I do to check the reliability of the information I find on the Internet. I usually start out by trying to figure out who posted the information. I am looking to see if the person or organization is reputable and if they have supplied any credentials. You will also need to know if they are stating facts or their opinion . Many people that post on the Internet are posting biased information and are only looking to persuade you to their view. Keep in mind that basically anyone is able to post on the Internet and many of those folks have their own agenda for posting. It is always a good idea to check to see how old the information is because it could be outdated. If the posting provides any other links be sure that they are functional and relevant to the subject. I have clicked on a link only to be taken to another website where they are trying to sell me something. I have also found links that are no longer available. If the information you find has spelling or grammar errors that is a warning sign that information might not be reliable. The Internet is convenient for searching for information, but sometimes you can find better information from other

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