Fast and loose with facts

2 10 2011

The BBC has an interesting video/short article on the fact that young people are a little too reliant on the grand old Internet. Instead of doing a little bit of digging, most young people simply believe whatever they encounter online. Check the source? Who has time for that?

After watching the video I was struck by the sentiment that the websites and stories must be true because they were delivered by Google – as if Google performs some sort of “fact-check” for us when we search. Relevancy algorithms and popularity rankings don’t necessarily deliver the best quality information on the first try (it’s called re-search for a reason).

Here’s the story from the BBC, or check out the video on YouTube below




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