A silly old country down under
will filter the net all a-sunder
which many don’t know
will ruin the show.
They won’t see they truth ’til it’s plundered.
There once was a country down South
which thought that the net was un-couth
they filtered the porn
which many did mourn
but now voices don’t have a mouth.
You’re faced with a vast sea of information on a daily basis. Some are reputable news sources and others are definitely not. But what about all those sources in between? How do you choose whether it’s believable or a complete waste of time?
Most people make these decisions without really analysing how it’s done. That’s great, because it shows you have good common sense, but it could still leave you suckered in by something one day.
- Credentials – How credible is the author? What authority do they have? What are the credentials of the publication? What do the peer reviews of the author or publication say? Does the publication have advertisements? Is the publication well organised?
- Currency – How current is the source?
- Content – How objective is the article? Is this primary or secondary content? Is this article written for a particular audience? Is it well written? Is it accurate? Does the article reference their sources? Are the sources reputable?
But, there’s value in the blogs and less reputable sources, too.
Newspapers, magazines, professional blogs and citizen journalists are generally considered to be a good source of:
- current information
- facts and details
- excerpts and quotes, such as first hand accounts
- reflection and analysis, showcasing what was important at the time of printing and how events were perceived.
So, there you go. It’s not that hard! Now you can continue to browse the internet for new info, armed with the knowledge of exactly what you should and shouldn’t believe from each site.