Outen: Week 6

Blown to Bits by Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and Harry Lewis indicates web sites are cheaper and easier to make which leads to constant web variations. What does this mean for the Internet? Will there be a decrease in the amount of reliable sources? How do we truly know whose sources are the most reliable? This text claims “editors decide what went in each category, and what got left out.” How do we know that “non-endorsed” sources are not the most trustworthy or accurate? Should the people or majority have the right to control search engines? Should there be qualifications to post on the web since there is a lack of structure (according to the text)?

Since ideas on the web are continuing to increase, should educational facilities influence students to create their own theories, rather than utilize the theories of others for credibility?

Why is Google one of the most highly recommended search engines? Is it the appearance and themes, or search results? Who determines what search engines we utilize? In regards to limited search engines, should the people have a right to control and have easier access to creating and promoting new engines?


When our class was searching for guitar cases on amazon, why is it that data became limited after we searched for cases in all departments?

According to many individuals I have spoken with, hashtagging must be precise and limited in order for the best results and networking experiences. I wonder why there is an emphasis placed on not using many hashtags. According to a YouTube video titled “What Is a Hashtag?,” hastagging is a way for one to become connecting with others of similar interests. However, why is one criticized for using many tags? After all, would this not result in much more exposure? As long as the tags are relative to the topic, I do not see the problem. One website labeled “howtohashtag.com” claims that too many tags annoy fans and look like spam. What if powerful individuals are trying to limit our ability to build our networking block?



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1 Response to Outen: Week 6

  1. Daniel White says:

    I really, really like your post for this week, especially the first half about website information and its reliability. In my mind I kept drawing all these parallels between our discussion about history the other week and your points about which websites are reliable and how we know which ones are the most reliable.

    We discussed in class the interesting dilemma with standardized history vs. communal history. If history is standardized and recorded and taught from only one source or one point of view, how do we know that source or p.o.v. is reliable? However, if we allow history to be a communal effort, taking into account all the different perspectives, then the history is no longer coherent, and it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s imaginary.

    The same is with website information. Can we really trust a website that only has one source or one point of view? Maybe we can trust it if it’s endorsed by someone credible, right? Well we had the same problem with our nation’s history… And what about communal site then–are they more credible or reliable? They certainly have a lot of different sources and perspectives, so it’s not as biased, but then we have the same issue where the information isn’t as coherent and the lines between truth and reality become blurred. Wikipedia comes to mind. Anyone can edit a Wikipedia article (although there is a staff that monitors all edits and additions), so does that mean that Wikipedia is more reliable or less reliable? Are all these separate voices and perspectives more helpful or more confusing?

    It’s interesting to see the parallels… Great post Tionna!

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