You can't always believe what you read. That old adage is even more appropriate in today's web-dominated world of communication. Printed material has often carried the weight of authority simply because professionals created it. But with the Web, it's different. Anyone can create a slick website or a compelling argument via email and find lots of impressionable viewers who will believe every word.
In this video, Howard Rheingold offers solid guidelines to help you determine whether the information you come across on the Web is legitimate or whether it's just plain crap. Rheingold is a respected author and journalist who’s been involved with the Web and Internet since the beginning. He'll show you how to detect urban legends, spam email, criminal hoaxes, and phishing exploits, and more.
- Learn tips on critical thinking and how to decipher information on the Web
- Use Web analytic techniques for finding authorship
- Understand when it's important to mistrust a request and go directly to the source
- Uncover social media pitfalls, including Facebook issues
- Dive deeper to find the more information about websites
- Learn how to use search safely and effectively
About the host:
Howard Rheingold is an internationally syndicated author of the weekly "Tomorrow" column, author of bestsellers such as Virtual Reality (Simon & Schuster) and The Virtual Community (MIT Press), and editor of the bestselling The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog. He's a participant-observer in the design of new technologies, and a pioneer, critic, and forecaster of technology's social, cultural, political and economic impact.
Rheingold was the founding Executive Editor of HotWired, the pioneering online publication launched on the World Wide Web by Wired magazine. He was also the founder of Electric Minds, named by Time Magazine one of the ten best websites of 1996. A lecturer at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, Rheingold is a non-resident Fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication.