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I’ve heard countless people tell me as I was growing up never to believe everything that is put on the internet. The reality is that the internet is a great global hub that many individuals use to not only promote false information but to change history somehow. The internet can be both a good and a bad resource to use, it all depends on how a person uses the information they are given. There is always a right and smart way to do things and believe it or not, using the internet is one of them.

The primary text Rheingold writes about, mentions how not to always believe what is on the internet. He also gives various ways of how to avoid using fake information. He mentions by stating how it is essential to research the authors to see if their credentials are of value. The design of the website is also vital because typically the most accurate and reliable sources will have almost to no grammar errors. The links added to the site is also essential to look into because the types of sources being added tell the reader what type of material the website is into. Paying attention to the news and media around you can also prevent you from believing false information that may arise in the future. The idea Rheingold displays on not believing false information plays a vital role in how people should view social media platforms as well. In the article, written by Shane Scott, the false information that was being displayed related to many fake Facebook profiles with real pictures from people across the world. It is no big secret that many online accounts are fake and not by the actual person. The lie was detected when The Times had noticed a few small details that referred to a place in Brazil. Through investing and getting help from international newspapers, the truth came out that someone made a fake account with real photos of an individual from Brazil.

The main idea that Rheingold is trying to get across is to be alert and to keep working towards bettering the crap detection radar that people should have. No individual is going to be an expert immediately on finding false information, it takes time, practice, and opening your eyes. The two text correlate with one another to prove that wrong information can be provided on both website and social media platforms. The best way to prevent being prey is to identify with authentic sources and to always questions everything. There is never a set age limit as to when a person should start being concerned with fake information, the earlier, the better it will benefit everyone.

Works Cited:

Rheingold, Howard. “Crap Detection 101: How to Find What You Need to Know, and How to Decide If Its True.” Net Smart, MIT Press, 2012, pg. 77-109, chrome-extension://bjfhmglciegochdpefhhlphglcehbmek/content/web/viewer.html?file=file%3A%2F%2F%2FUsers%2Fjaiminpatel%2FDownloads%2FRheingold-Net-Smart-Ch-2_compatible.pdf.

Shane, Scott. “Mystery of Russian Fake on Facebook Solved, by a Brazilian.” The New York Times, The New York Times Company, 13 Sep. 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/13/us/politics/russia-facebook-election.html.

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