Week 12 Activity 2

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Retrieved from http://www.bom.gov.au/
This is the Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian governments national weather agency. It is an earned credibility source because over years it has published correct information to the Australian public.
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Retrieved from https://www.google.com.au/
This is Google, It gains surface credibility because of how the been designed so well. Its simple yet efficient design makes the user feel comfortable.
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Retrieved from https://www.kotaku.com.au/
This is Kotaku, It gains reputed credibility by being a part of the Allure network. A company that owns multiple websites that do articles about certain subject. Having this connection gains the users trust.
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Retrieved from http://www.breastcancer.org/
This website gains presumed reputation from being a website that is “.org”. It also is presumed because of the subject matter being about breast cancer.

Week 12 Question 3

I will list some ideas in dot point format to express what issues may affect perceived web credibility in the future.
  • Due to the vast amounts of websites that share information, the content you view will be so tailored to your viewpoint that conflicting ideas wont be expressed or discussed within the webpages you visit. This puts you inside a thought bubble where you don’t listen to other points of view. This is where Facebook is heading with tailored posts to your ideologies are more likely to be shown on your feed.
  • Since its becoming more acceptable to show ad’s on your website people could slowly integrate ad’s into posts or ideas instead of having them on the side a post. So a company pays for you to write a good review on their product instead of just putting a picture advertising their brand.
  • Nowadays credibility is not determined by a persons place in a field, like a scientist talking about global warming, its determined by what they say about said issue. This puts a person into a thought bubble that rejects anything that doesn’t go with their viewpoint. which stunts a persons mental growth.
  • Now that people don’t accept viewpoints of professionals, truth does not matter, the only thing that matters is if the person is saying what you agree with. This is not conducive to an intelligent society.

Week 12 Question 2

The reason I believe Wikipedia is not an acceptable source of credible information is because of its nature. Wikipedia is not a site that only allows credible sources to publish information. The site gives the ability for a person to manipulate information for their own beliefs, this is why you cannot site Wikipedia as a source. Another reason is when publishing on Wikipedia the information doesn’t get reviewed by scholarly people like peer reviewed journals are, this gives the power to the uninformed or people who can gain from the manipulation of facts. Also if I wanted to write a paper on how the Australian government is corrupt, I could just make a Wikipedia with false facts in them that I can site, this is a clearly corrupt way to prove a point within a scholarly paper. When you cite a source in an academic paper it needs to be credible because the point you are proving needs to have weight behind it, if you site untrusted source the weight behind your argument is lost; so the ability for you to prove a point is lost. As a university student you need to be able to back up your ideas with facts that have been reviewed by their peer because if we didn’t everything that was published would contradict each other.

Week 12 Question 1

 

It is important to evaluate the credibility of a website because information can be used to manipulate a person attitude or behaviours. This has become very evident in present day with the term “Fake news” being given to any website that posts an opinion contrary to another. Credibility important when quoting or using information is a scholarly setting, you must make your argument true and sound to prove your point. We need to evaluate the credibility of a website because we need to present facts not manipulated opinion when creating essay’s or thesis’s. Trevor Todd explains how credibility in the legal system can be determined if you don’t have “any interest, bias or prejudice.” (Todd, 2011). If I were to provide a Wikipedia article in a essay or site a non scholarly source my argument will be thrown under the bus. Your ability to prove an argument with credible sources are what passes you through university degrees. When creating an essay your goal is to prove a thesis statement, and you cant prove anything if you quote untrustworthy sources because they aren’t proven to be true. Losing crediblity as an individual reduces how much people will listen and believe you, William M. Savage explains how not correcting your mistakes as a journalist loses your reputation, “When journalists make mistakes, they should be transparent about their errors and issue permanent notice that the error occurred.”

 

 

 

References

Todd, T. (2011). The Importance Of Credibility. Retrieved from http://disinherited.com/importance-credibility/

 

Savage, W. (2017). Journalists lose credibility when failing to issue corrections. Retrieved from https://nondoc.com/2017/04/10/journalists-issue-corrections-for-credibility/