Crap Detection 101: How to Distinguish Good and Bad Information Online

הצטרפתי לאחרונה לתוכנית הבלוגרים של O'reilly. זה אומר שאני מקבל תכני וידאו וספרים (פורמט דיגיטלי) וסוקר אותם בזמני החופשי. אין בזה רווח כספי, הכותר נשאר אצלי (או אצל כל מי שעובד איתם). אין התחייבות לכתוב ביקורות טובות, הם בעיקר רוצים שיכתבו על הכותרים שלהם.
הסקירה באנגלית, אבל מאוחר יותר היום אני אעלה וידאו שיכלול סקירה גם בעברית.

Crap Detection 101: How to Distinguish Good and Bad Information Online

We are at a point where not only do we have hundred of different ways to consume information, we also have to deal with way too many sources that are less than credible. The problem is that it becomes real hard to sort them out. O’reilly’s video title “Crap Detection 101”, by author and journalist Howard Rhelngold, teaches the elements of critical thinking, and gives the viewers a solid workflow that will help them judge  whether the material they are reading is to be trusted, or not.

As someone who works with educators, and also gets to talk to parents on somewhat daily basis, I was intrigued by the title. As promised it’s a “101” course in the Internet. The audience that will benefit from it are parents, teachers, elderly people – people who are using the web but are not familiar with issues like phishing, wikipedia, aggregation of information, news sources etc. Rhelngold is an interesting conversationist, and that’s how the videos are constructed – short conversations about a specific topic.

Experienced users wont find anything of value here, except for some Web sites for fact checking that could be of use. The videos cover topics like: searching and sifting through the information, dealing with hoaxes, phishing scams, talking to kids about the Internet, critical thinking, how to gather medical information and what to do with it (take it to the doctor), and a few more bits. There are 12 videos, running between 5-15 minutes.

The good thing about this title is, that Rhelngold technique are not about the tools (he give addresses for Web sites that are important) but all about the way we should think and work with information. This will makes the title relevant in the future as well, no matter what new tools show up on the scene.

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