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Do you trust print media more than internet publications? Read details before answering?

Do you trust print media more than internet publications? Read details before answering? Topic: How to write a scientific peer review articles
April 25, 2019 / By Damia
Question: A recent NEJM article opens the door to the idea that there could be a huge and systematic bias in the material that gets published in print media. (http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abst... for an abstract -- follow links if you have access to full text). Is it a mistake to think that the internet is inherently less reliable as a source than print media? This article is the tip of the iceberg of systematic ways that misinformation is promulgated, even in the scientific world. Surely the print world outside of peer reviewed journals has to be even more susceptible to manupulation and misinformation. So why the prejudice against the internet, and internet research? Where do we learn more? Where is it most likely we can find accurate information? Can we make a data-supported statement about that, or is it all guesswork? Shouldn't the first thing we teach our kids be how to assess sources, instead of offering them simple rules about sources to trust?
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Bluebell Bluebell | 8 days ago
As you say, it all comes down to teaching students to assess their sources. Anything of any length that is written (or spoken, or thought) has a bias of some sort. The best thing we can do for our students is to helpthem learn to identify that bias and then determine whether they can still work with the material, whether they will use it with qualifications, or whether they need to simply discard it. I think the bias against using the internet as a source comes about because there are so few checks on it. Compared to print media, it is so easy for any nut job to slap a theory up on the web. Anyone can, for example, create a internet page claiming that the Holocaust never happened. Can anyone write a book claiming that the Holocaust never happened? Yes they can. But can they find a publisher, get their book onto amazon.com, into bookstores and onto library shelves across the world? Probably not, at least not with any sort of wide distribution. For print media there is a more of a system of... checks? That's not exactly the right word, but I'm not sure quite how else to say it. The very availability of information on the internet makes it seem valid (to those who are credulous, at least.) To continue the holocaust example, if I type in to google "what happened holocaust" (a search query my students would be likely to use if asked to find out what happened during the holocaust) I only have to scroll down to about the 8th or 9th result to find a page which questions whether the holocaust ever happened. This is still on the first page of the results! A student could go to any normal public, school, or university library and never come across this blatant nonsense. All of this is not to say that we shouldn't encourage our students to use the internet for research (it's practically all I use myself these days!) This is simply to say that you are correct that the emphasis must be on identifying the validity of the source and any potential biases. I continue to warn my students every time we do a research paper that they need to be extremely careful when using the internet for a source, that they should double check their information and that they should make sure that they are using reputable websites.
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Aislinn Aislinn
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Traherne Traherne
Having done media relations for a large corporation I have some background in the reliability of print media. You can well imagine that what I would say wasn't always what was printed. Quite the contrary. For more recent dealings I have found that not only print media is faulty but often face to face contact with supposed subject matter experts can be faulty by way of error by omission. When that happened to me, first I had to figure out what it was that I was missing in terms of specific information and set about researching it on the Internet. As you might suspect I found valid information that I couldn't get from a medical professional. In this case a veterinarian. I know knew what was wrong with my dog and what to do for her. The vet failed to informed me she was a bloat candidate. The Internet defined it and told me the variety of things that I needed to do. When my own doctors are not forthcoming I do the same thing. I go to the Internet and selectively read what I need to learn. Yes, I'm picky about what sites I use and assessing each one can be, for me at least, a bit tricky. I would absolutely love it someone could come up with some of those simple rules that you suggest to help not only our children but old folks like me as well.
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