Friday, December 02, 2005

Is this for real?

Here are some articles that point out the need to be cautious about what we read online.

Attack of the Blogs

A false Wikipedia 'biography'

Along the same lines, recently a student brought in a printout from a web site on deciduous forests. She wanted more information about the trees and animals described in it. Although it was published by California State University, something didn't seem quite right about the site; the fauna had odd names. After some nosing around on the site, I discovered that this page was part of a teacher instruction program that uses software to design imaginary worlds. This forest didn't exist! I was able to point her to a more reliable site.


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