Can you trust online information?

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Category: News & Society
Published on Monday, 15 April 2013 20:29
Written by Jane Bürger
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Despite the world of information within a mouse's click reach, this way of obtaining news have faced fierce criticism in the last three years. It is reported that it becomes very easy to spread false theories or urban myths. What is clear is that an endless list of webpages do not mean less biased information.

Advocates of the reliability of the internet sources claim that you have much more power to compare and contrast information. In addition to that, it is less time-consuming than researching in books or journals. And eventually, you can access all the bibliographical references in a large amount of libraries worldwide.

However, those against this technological tool contend that it is a public forum, where anyone can cook inaccurate data. Perhaps the most important and worrying downside is the difficulty at sorting out and sieving what is made up and what is trustworthy.

In my opinion, reliable data may have less to do with the source and more to do with the caution of the researcher. One cannot be so naïve and rely on every word read on the web as well as in a magazine or newspaper. I personally believe that you can find real and updated information on the internet if you take the time to look into the credibility of the author, organization or institution linked to this URL address. However, watch out!