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Britany Van BlakeMentor: Dr. MaughCOM-121, Written Assignment 2May 29, 20161. Describe the concerns about online information credibility, authority, and selectivity.With the ease of posting anything online and pretending to be knowledgeable and trustworthy, people have become aware that the sources they trust for information are not always reliable.Credibility seems easy to prove, but appearances can be deceiving. For example, I could start a business called “United States Surgery Professionals” even though I have no degree or training that would back up my claim of being a surgeon. It's just the name of a company, but that name gives the impression and illusion of being a legitimate—potentially even goverment-supported—organization.Shay Hutchison writes that “online authority is becoming a thought leader on a specific topic and translating that knowledge in a meaningful way on the web.” While this sounds like a beneficial process with positive consequences, authority, too, can be faked. “United States Surgery Professionals” would, I'd think, have the authority to recommend or denounce a particular surgeon. If I faked enough credibility to gain a position of authority in the online surgery sphere, I could affect others' reputations or livelihoods. Fraudulent claims and misleading nomenclature are all it takes in a world where the Internet knows everything, but people believe what they want to believe.

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