Anything wrong in this quotation? Anything striking?
I hope it hasn’t taken you more than 3 seconds to answer this quesion:) Definitely Lincoln was an intelligent man, but as far as I know – not a prophet. So he couldn’t have said that. However, this meme is a short test of how much we trust the Internet. OK, maybe this one is obvious, but what I want to say is that very often, too often, we believe and absorb mindlessly everything we see or read on the Internet. Why? Because it’s so easy – you google it, you get it. It might seem we live in very convenient times, when everything is available in five seconds time. It might also seem that learning is easier for you, than it used to be for me and other dinosaurs born before 1990s. You probably often hear your parents say – “When I was your age, I had to learn much, much more, so school should be a piece of cake for you!”
But it’s not true. Even if you don’t need to learn all this unnecessary stuff by heart, you have to learn another difficult skill – the ability to find and verify information. In “prehistoric” times, I mean the times before the Internet became popular, information was quite stable. It was written down, in most cases signed with the name of the author. It wasn’t easy to change it.
Now, everyone can pretend an expert on any topic and publish any chosen information on the Internet. You google it, you get it. The problem is you get a load of rubbish.
So what to do not to fall into this trap? Let me give you just 5 most important tips:
1. Always check the information in several different places.
2. Check the source of the information – where does it originally come from? If there is no source given it isn’t necessarily wrong, but you should check it with other sources.
3. Check the last update. When was it published? The article might not be up-to-date.
4. Who wrote it? Is there any author given? If yes, is it a well-known person or institution?
5. What kind of website is it a private website, .org or blog or a commercial website .com or government .gov.
And finishing my post, I’d like to ask you a question: could you live without the Internet for a month or two? Would it make a big difference in your life? What would be the most difficult in this situation?
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