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How trustworthy is what you read online?


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Poll: How much do you trust information on the internet? (22 member(s) have cast votes)

How much do you trust information on the internet? Select your confidence level on the trustworthiness of what you read online. 1 being very untrustworthy, 6 being very trustworthy.

  1. 1 (1 votes [4.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.55%

  2. 2 (2 votes [9.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.09%

  3. 3 (9 votes [40.91%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.91%

  4. 4 (8 votes [36.36%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.36%

  5. 5 (1 votes [4.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.55%

  6. 6 (1 votes [4.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.55%

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#16    Simbi Laveau

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:47 AM

And for everyone saying they only trust certain sources ,....most of those sources are owned by certain parties,and are sponsored by certain parties ,that they cannot say anything against ,or against their interests,lest they lose all their funding .

Most major news stations are such entities.
Channel 11 news in nyc has said,we cannot ever do true reports on prescription drug dangers,or we would lose all our sponsors .
Who do you think pays for your daily news program ?
All the companies who's drug commercials they show all day long .

Saying off the beaten path news sources are not capable to be true,is exactly what they want you to think .
Half the news ,especially about govt ,war and terrorism ,is all false propaganda .

But hey,believe what you want ,while watching all those commercials for ******* and celebrex and every other drug company  that owns your local news station .... .

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:42 AM

I feel there is a slight advantage in being able to view the group consensus.  When you're actively searching for information you find three things - the two extremes of thought on the subject and then mostly ideas that fall somewhere in the middle (the most likely to be accurate).  If you look up a specific kind of car for example, you'll find people who hate it, people who love it, and then some honest and realistic evaluations.

Except for reviews of apartments...in my experience they frequently are skewed to the negative.  I've read some where people claimed the apartment complex they lived in was practically hell on earth, but when I lived in the same complex (s) I thought it was very nice and enjoyed my time there.

Of course reading info on the internet only provides sound information if you can approach it logically and understand that it is, in fact, the internet.  People can write whatever they want so I always read as many different opinions as I can and look for the facts within them to form my own opinion.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:12 AM

People under-estimate just how reliable a source Wikipedia is. The average amount of mistakes per page (or subject, rather) for an encyclopedia like Britannica or something similar is 3, while Wikipedia sits at 4 per page. This is referring to science articles. Hardly what you would call a massive difference.

Edit - http://slashdot.org/...d-to-britannica

Edited by ExpandMyMind, 25 January 2013 - 11:12 AM.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

What you learned on internet sources such as Wikipedia (the increasingly undependable online resource) should be taken with a "grain of salt", and Wikipedia uncovered some old hoaxes or unproven events laying around on their site like the Upper Peninsula War and Bicholim Conflict.

Important is be careful when you meet somebody you only knew or fraternized over the internet, like the GEICO commercial shown a woman met a man of her dreams does not look like his online dating site profile. :-*

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

View PostTsa-La-Gie Oyate, on 25 January 2013 - 04:43 PM, said:

What you learned on internet sources such as Wikipedia (the increasingly undependable online resource) should be taken with a "grain of salt", and Wikipedia uncovered some old hoaxes or unproven events laying around on their site like the Upper Peninsula War and Bicholim Conflict.

From an academical stand-point, all information, whether it is read from secondary sources such as encyclopaedias or primary sources such as journal articles, must be taken with a "grain of salt". All information should be verified. This is not exclusive to the internet.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:33 PM

anywhere from 1 to 8... it only depends on the source.

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