Handout -- Using and Refusing the Internet

Handout -- Using and Refusing the Internet - Using and...

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Using and Refusing the Internet Robert Harris, of Vanguard University, offers an a interesting analogy that suggests some of the dangers associated with use of the Internet as a research tool: Think about the magazine section in your local grocery store. If you reach out with your eyes closed and grab the first magazine you touch, you are about as likely to get a supermarket tabloid as you are a respected journal […]. Now imagine that your grocer is so accommodating that he lets anyone in town print up a magazine and put it in the magazine section. Now if you reach out blindly, you might get the Elvis Lives with Aliens Gazette just as easily as Atlantic Monthly or Time . Welcome to the Internet. What’s lacking on the Internet in many cases is the kind of quality control provided by editors, fact-checkers, and peer reviewers, and by institutional traditions of fairness and impartiality. As a researcher in the modern age, you must become proficient at distinguishing the trustworthy from the blameworthy. You want to find sites that provide accurate, up-to-date, and impartial information. An Example of Internet Research Gone Terribly, Terribly Awry: LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Barbara Streisand came to praise Shakespeare, not to misquote him. But the course of politics never did run smooth. Two days after blistering President George W. Bush over a threatened war on Iraq with what she
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