How different is the information we find online to that of a newspaper, television, radio or even a professional? Why would we scrutinize an online resource differently to traditional information providers? Who is doing all the scrutinizing anyway? Is it because we live in the digital age, the information society (Daniels, 2010, p. 5)? Whose responsibility is it to ensure web pages we come across are adequately reliable? Why are we asking these questions at all?
Type the query “who can we trust online?” into Google. Questions are asked about the trustworthiness of online health professionals, voting online, online auction sites and even the internet itself (Google, 2014, p. 1-∞). It is not like the world has not experienced a traveling snake oil salesman in the past, or seen a 24 hours news channel with a particular affiliation to a political party. Is digital information of concern?
Could a fair claim be that attacks on the quality of information on the internet are being made by traditional media outlets? It is no secret parts of traditional media do not like the facility for anyone to broadcast, publish, and print their own news or information to the world (Shank, 2008; “Blast from the past”, 2014; Nahzi, 2012; Albric, 2014).
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