Net Smart, written by Howard Rheingold, provides an interesting outlook at the concept of fact checking sources you find online, or what he refers to as “crap detection”. For me, I have always known that there are many sources you can find online that are not backed up by facts, but rather someone choosing to write something simply because we live in a world where anyone can use digital literacy to create things on an online source.
“Don’t refuse to believe; refuse to start out believing. Continue to pursue your investigation after you find an answer. Chase the story rather than just accepting the first evidence you encounter (Rheingold).” This quote stuck with me after reading chapter 2 in his book because it reminded me of the point in which I had already been taught but still seem to forget every now and again. If you are choosing to use digital literacy as a learning tool you must remember the responsibly that comes with that. We cannot assume that all we find online is factual and true, rather we must learn how to “crap detect” and continue to pursue the truth once we have already found evidence online.
Rheingold, H. (2012). Net smart: how to thrive online. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.