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This week we went over an activity on the topic of ‘how much of the internet is what’s fake or real.’ This topic is one that comes across as two-sided, since you have people who take everything they see on the internet for granted, but other who think twice of what they see. But a bigger question to ask from all this is: is everything on the internet created equally? Just because a pen (tool) is culturally used for writing, it doesn’t mean it is can only be used for writing. I am one of those individuals who uses a pen for many things. I simply find this tool to be useful for so many things besides writing (poking, marking, cleaning, tapping, pointing, and for playing between my fingers).
Personally, I can say that nowadays I approach everything online with great precaution. This is not to say that there is nothing completely factual on it, but most of the times a lot of the information found is changed for certain purposes (depending on the distributer of the data or information, and their purpose). In a sense, this is to be expected. Websites online, articles, PDFs, applications, and other programs or software are made with a goal in mind. Because of this, changes to the actual data need to somewhat happen, according to their standards. This alone is more than enough reason for me to be cautious. On a normal basis, I find myself visiting different websites everyday – some which are almost necessary for me to use (online bank account, emails, school website, the weather on Google, and few others). These don’t really worry me much with the type of information I receive, since they are not actually distributing information based on opinion, arguments, or with a rhetorical purpose. But the other websites, I come across, I do take more into account, such as online articles, blog posts, or any commentary type of source. Perhaps the reason for me to be more skeptical about these is because deep down I know that they bring ‘opinion/persuasion’ to the table. And wherever there is opinion, there is a high chance for it to be wrong in many levels. It is common sense to think of it like this.
In the case of reason articles online, even if they have a source page, I still don’t fully trust the information I am reading. The reason for this is because it might be true that a certain article I am reading is using well-researched data as a source, but even so, you have to understand that the amount of information share that article is going to be divided between the data and the opinion of the author. The amount percentages for such division between the two might vary per article, by the format of narrative it still remains present. Similarly, when reading blog posts or even sites based on commentary, I find myself coming across the same format of narrative, as a form of distributing of information by the people behind it. There is a lot of ‘opinion’ to be found in these.
However, I do have to be honest that at some point in my life, I was more careless with the information I found online. In fact, I never even considered such argument. But perhaps this is because during this time in my life, I was younger and the content I viewed had a different functionality. I used to only use the internet to watch my TV shows, anime, movies, and play games. I also did most of these in the near library near my house, and I was always monitored by the librarian with the content I viewed. It is obvious from this that I was kept from a darker side of the internet – a side we grown adults with as part of our daily lives for work, school, argumentative discussions, research and much more.
This brings me to the conclusion that not everything you find on the internet is created equal or should be seen as such. As a user of the internet, you must understand and know which places are to be trusted from which. Having this understanding of the different possibilities can help your overall usage of the internet for whatever purposes you may have.