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Today, anyone can create a slick website or a compelling argument via email and find lots of impressionable viewers who will believe every word. In this video, Howard Rheingold offers solid guidelines to help you determine whether the information you come across on the Web is legitimate or whether it's just plain crap. A respected author and journalist who’s been involved with the Web and Internet since the beginning, Rheingold will show you how to detect urban legends, spam email, criminal hoaxes, and phishing exploits, and more.

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"Crap detection" - by Kiran on 30-DEC-2011
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Very interesting insights from the professor of social media at Stanford, Dr Howard Rheingold. Lots of useful information on how to validate and contextualize information that is available on the web.
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"Determine whether the particular stuff is worth ou" - by Michal Konrad Owsiak on 06-AUG-2011
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I really, really, enjoyed this Video. But before I will tell about my feelings let me tell you about what the Video is all about. Internet is one of the major sources of the information today – you can’t claim it is not. And the Internet is a big place with lots of bad guys hanging behind one or another web link. How to tell, who’s good and who’s bad? How to determine whether information is right or wrong? It’s not easy, however, Howard Rheingold tries to address as many issues related to this topic as possible during ~1.5h discussion with Mark Brokering. He talks about how should we approach information we find in the Net. That our behavior in the Web should be always regarded as critical consumption.

Howard covers various topics related to the Web browsing, he tells us how should we perform searching, how should we determine authority of the speaker or writer, how should we comply with barely legal content, how should we protect children. What I like in his way of thinking is the way he approaches the subject. He doesn’t tell you to disconnect from all the information sources, and treat the Internet as source of evil. Yes, sure, you can find bad stuff there, but Howard, instead of escaping it, tries to discover and debunk false ideas, disclose who criminals wanting to teal your data via e-mail are.

I like the way he presents his knowledge. He doesn’t try to pretend that he knows everything, and knows the answers for all the questions that may rise. Instead, he tries to find a sensible way of showing others how to deal with Internet. He tell parents and teachers how to discuss this topic with children – this is quite important nowadays. What I really enjoyed was that Howard sounds very reasonable and you can tell he has experience in subject – he is dealing with all this stuff since ’80s.

I definitely recommend this Video material. I know that price is high. I know that regular folks will calculate and probably say: “well I’d better go to the movies instead”. But, on the other hand, it’s worth to get knowledge about how to find that something is crap because we spend more and more time on the Internet.

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Table of Contents






Learning How to Use Search



How to Tell People About Information on the Web



No Guarantee that Web Information is Legitimate



Urban Legends, Spam Email, Criminal Hoaxes and Phishing



Debunk Hoaxes



Using Wikipedia



Healthcare Online



Teaching and Learning About Critical Thinking



Children on the Web



Aggregation of Information



Closing Thoughts

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