Learning Portfolio 4

Question 2: Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a very useful source sometimes, though can be very deceiving as well. As we all know the internet is used by everyone, Wikipedia is an encyclopedia that is built collaboratively, but collaborative to who, to everyone, the Wikipedia home page is welcome to Wikipedia the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. That means anyone can just edit anything on Wikipedia even without an account, some might not even cite where they got the information from, so how would you know what is reliable on Wikipedia?(Fogg, 2003) This doesn’t mean all information in Wikipedia is fake or unreliable, Wikipedia is still a good place to get a good knowledge but not suitable for university use since it’s not trustworthy, expertise or credible. Though to find some good sources Wikipedia can help by looking at the reference and see where the person got the information from knowing if it’s a credible source or not, then actually read that source instead of the Wikipedia information. People perceive referenced information more credible (Go, You, Jung & Shim, 2016).

Fogg, B. J. (2003). Credibility and the World Wide Web. In Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do (pp. 147‐181). Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufmann

Go, E., You, K. H., Jung, E., & Shim, H. (2016). Why do we use different types of websites and assign them different levels of credibility? Structural relations among users’ motives, types of websites, information credibility, and trust in the press. Computers in Human Behavior, 54, 231-239. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.07.046


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