Week 3 – Questions

Your discussion questions follow. Note: six students did not complete the reading assignment — remember to publish, not just “save”.

I suggest you review these questions to get an idea of the type of question that helps stimulate discussion. If I have marked a question as “closed” … that means it is a closed-ended, not open-ended, question. Closed questions do not stimulate discussion as they tend to be “yes/no” answers.

  1. Amy:
    How can gophers help in the retrieval of information online?
    What are some effective ways to verify information accuracy unique to the networked medium?
    What are some of the current trends that focus on fighting information overload?
  2. Anna:
    1. How can we effectively search for information on the internet in a short amount of time?
    2. How do we know which one is the best database search engine for our individual use?
    3. In what way can we contribute to the improvement of searching info on the internet?
  3. Arielle:
    • What would the World Wide Web be like without search engines?
    • What improvements would you make to current search?
    • Do you think it is a good idea to apply the same rules and restrictions book authors encounter to those wanting to publish information on the web? (Would this solve the information overload or deprive us of information?) [CLOSED]
  4. Ashley:
    1. I believe there becomes a debate over Internet vs. books for an easy and accurate information source? Which do you think wins the battle? [CLOSED]
    2. There are 29 questions, I counted, that Jack Solock explains one must as them selves when it comes to validating an Internet source, is it worth it? [CLOSED]
    3. With inventions like Amazon recommendations, Google, or the idea of Memorex… do you think in the future information overload will be eliminated? [CLOSED]
  5. Carla:
    1. How do you usually assess content quality?
    2. How should inaccurate or incorrect information be controlled on the internet?
    3. How was information gathered and assessed prior to the internet?
  6. Catherine:
    1. If you make $20/hour in your day job your time per minute is somewhere in the vicinity of .33 cents. If time is money: How much is your time worth and how much are you willing to spend of it next time you’re surfing for information?

    2. The last time you were looking for information can you recall any sites that were not what you thought they were? What was the main drawback or how was it unattractive to your research?

    3. If you thought about it long enough is there any one thing that stands out in your mind that is a pet peeve regarding particular websites that when you arrive there you know this isn’t the site for you? What is the one thing in particular you dislike or prefer not to have to deal with on websites? Is there one thing in particular you like and make you return?

  7. Christine:

    1) Is the Internet as big a hindrance as these two articles portray? Does it do our society more harm than good? Or is the public being too sensitive to the information accessible?

    2) With information overload being a fairly new concept to our society, what do you predict the long-term outcome of this being?

  8. Christopher:

    How do you determine if a web site is a good source of information?
    What kinds of information would you rather not get from the web? Why?
    What sources of information on the web could you not live without? Why?

  9. Courtney:1) Out of all the different types of information finders on the internet, what is the most easiest and dependable that you count on for creditable sites? [CLOSED]

    2) I see the internet as bing a free market place of idea, and yes at times we can have a information overload with lost of useless information but do you think that certain types of information should be regulated? [CLOSED]

  10. Dan:
    1. What are the criteria you use to decide if your sources of information are reliable?2. How frequently do you read information from sources you know are contrary to your views? What is your reasoning for doing so? Would you say this information is read objectionally?
  11. Eugene:
    1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the hypertext systems and gophers?2. Do you agree with the “hall of mirrors” analogy of the internet? [CLOSED]

    3. According to Jack Solock’s criteria of Content, Access, and Design, is his article quality information?  [CLOSED]

  12. Gene: no post
  13. Heather:
    1) What positives and negatives would come out of having a company or organization that had complete authority to regulate and manage the Internet for content, accuracy and the like?2) If you were asked to design an information retrieval system (or a search system) that would let individuals tailor their Internet searches to include the small pieces of information they needed while leaving out much of the massive overload of useless information we see now, what would this system look like?

    3) What are some Internet site design problems that could negatively affect the access to and content of Internet sites?

  14. JayDee:

    How would a teacher instruct his/her students on research writing if books, journals, or encyclopedias became obsolete and not normally used for research?


    How would you explain the problem of too much information or unverified information circulating the Internet to a person who does not use the Internet, and what arguments would you use to convince him/her that this problem may affect him/her too? 

    You are looking for your first job in Seattle.  How would you go about searching for it on the Internet without missing out on the valuable information that is just so described in the articles? 

  15. Jenn:
    Who is responsible for making sure website content is accurate?

    What skills do we need to teach students in order to navigate through these websites?

    What sort of regulations and standards should websites be held to? Should there a social responsibility to post accurate material?

  16. Jess:
    1. How do we truly move past this information overload riddle? Do you have any suggestions on how to slow down the unnecessary publications that get published each and every day?

    2. Do you think there will ever be a solution to just strictly having only accurate information on the net? Or who’s to say it is or is not accurate? Who should be the judge of this?

    3. Do you agree with both authors in that it is difficult to sort through and choose information; therefore we need a system of steps to accurately figure out the content of a site?

  17. John:
    1. What is the next revolution after the Internet? What is the next dot-com bubble?2. With information overload, people will experience unprecedented stress. What are some money making de-stress products you can think of that can be marketed on QVC?

    3. How would you feel if you were forced to be disconnected from the internet and live in some cabin for 6 months?

  18. Jonathan:
    1. What is your general strategy for internet search? Where do you start? Who do you trust? Why?2. How is critical thinking more of a necessity when searching for information on the internet than it would be in a traditional physical library?

    3. How will the movement toward more individualistic devices (smart phones, tiny laptops, etc) force design improvements to information search?

  19. Josh:
    • RSS feeds send information directly to you, allowing you to not visit websites where advertisers have paid top dollar for you to see their ad. What are some ways in which advertisers can adapt to this new medium?
    • Is there a need for an authentication system for all information on the Internet? [CLOSED] If one existed, could it be considered censorship and why?
    • Amazon.com recently launched amazonkindle, and it’s already out of stock. The ability to have a digital library at your fingertips seems like an amazing resource. How does amazonkindle relate to Vannevar Bush’s Memex? How is it like a RSS reader?
  20. Kendahl:
    1. Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of information floating around in cyberspace? And have you ever experienced “information anxiety?” [CLOSED]2. Is it is possible to manage the Internet enough to use it as a credible information medium? [CLOSED]

    3. What are some ideas you would have for trying to transform information into structured knowledge, that could be viable for future implementation?

  21. Lee Ann:
    I find myself wondering why Nelson wrote this article. Why do you believe he felt it was important to relate this information to others? What kind of quick reference systems could be implemented that would identify the quality of information on a webpage to a user? If ‘information anxiety’ exists how is it measured?
  22. Lisa:

    #1 With plenty of individuals out there who don’t quite know how to find quality information (including those who will believe just about anything), what affect does the publishing of unreliable, false information have on society?

    #2 What happens when people start taking action on impulses caused from bad information/rumors learned from sources on the internet?

  23. Liz:

    With the amount of information available today, how much of what you read on the internet do you think is really true?

    Even though we have thousands of search engines, finding the right information can still be excruciating. What would you do to make finding accurate information easier?

    Besides Amazon, what other company could Google partner up with to make it the ultimate search engine?

  24. Maggie:

    1. Because the internet can be difficult to navigate, is it really plausible that the book will someday be completely replaced by the internet? [CLOSED]

    2. As the internet continues to expand, do you think regulations or programs will be able to sort and organize the information? [CLOSED]

    3. What are some examples of print sources that are better on paper than on the computer? How does the current internet situation not meet your needs?

  25. Mariani:
    1. How to decide that information we get is enough for us?2. If we thought information available in cyberspace is too much, then what about library? Isn’t it too much info too? [CLOSED]

    3. how too handle too much information that availble in cyberspace?

  26. Marilyn: no post
  27. Matt:
    How can we reduce the worthless email we get?
    What is the greatest single source of information YOU use on the net?
    What will the net look like in 10 years?
  28. Nick: no post
  29. Sheila: no post
  30. Shelly:1. Do you feel that the majority or minority of people in the world understand how to distinguish between accurate information and/or false information on the Internet? [CLOSED]

    2. What are ways in which we can improve education for people to learn how to sort through information and determine its relevance to their specific issues while still ensuring accuracy of information?

    3. Do you think anyone should be able to post information on the Internet? [CLOSED] Why or why not? Should it be regulated? [CLOSED]

  31. Steph: no post
  32. Sung: no post
  33. Tarja:
    1) Are we becoming more polarized as a nation when we can pick and choose the news and information we choose to hear, see and process? [CLOSED]

    2) Mark Nelson’s article states that “information itself has no value, it is the communication and sharing of information and its meaning which gives it value”. How do we ensure that the mountain of information at our fingertips actually gives us additional value and meaning when we are becoming more independent of each other and more individualistic in our lifestyles and choices?

  34. Tyler
    What do you feel is the most valuable source of information available on the web today and why?
    How could the internet and its user’s control of media information be linked to the growing politically concerned society we are becoming?
    As mass consumers, How can do we judge the quality of information sources?
  35. Yvonne:
    • If everyone has so many struggles finding information on the Internet, what can we do to make finding it easier?
    • How can we get around “false drops?”
    • Instead of being held hostage by information, how can we change the hall of mirrors back to a window to the world?


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