Week 5- Digital Information

It amazes me how much information a site like Pinterest can hold and store. Articles, Infographs and locations all at the touch of a button. However, how trustworthy is this information? How confident can we as digital consumers be that the information is coming from a reliable source?

Therein lies the problem with the internet. While it is a great tool for gathering information and researching topics, the information passes through so many sources, how can we guarantee that it is correct?

Pandora is an Australian web site, designed specifically for the archiving of information. The website states “PANDORA is a selective archive. The National Library and its partners do not attempt to collect all Australian online publications and web sites, but term research value” (Pandora, n.d). Basically, they collect data, and while cross referencing the data, decide whether it is acceptable or not. While this is a great way to stop misinformation, it only adds further to the problem of a centralised source controlling what data is deemed “significant”.

Finally, I’m attaching a report on Jeff Goldblum, in which he was pronounced dead on a social media site. Within hours, the news had spread to “more respected” sources of information, such as news programs. This goes to show how quickly false information can be spread in the digital age

http://www.enstarz.com/articles/7485/20121003/jeff-goldblum-dead-hoax-2012-actor-died-in-new-zealand-newest-hoax-target.htm

REFERENCES:

Ghermezian, S. (2012). Jeff Goldblum Death Hoax: Actor died in New Zealand, Newest Death Hoax. Retrieved from http://www.enstarz.com/articles/7485/20121003/jeff-goldblum-dead-hoax-2012-actor-died-in-new-zealand-newest-hoax-target.htm

http://pandora.nla.gov.au/

http://www.pinterest.com

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