Week 3 – Wednesday

Agenda: Finding and Evaluating Online Communication

  • Housekeeping
    • Blog posts of note
    • Review first essay assignment
    • Remember: comment on other class member posts at least four times during the quarter
  • Reading Discussion
  • Lecture/Lab (practice)

Blog posts of note:
Arielle, Ashley, Catherine, Christine, Jonathan, Josh, Tarja, Yvonne

Multi-Media & Resources

Reading Discussion: Questions (d0c)
(Kathy -> remind about closed v open questions)


  • What are some effective ways to verify information accuracy unique to the networked medium?
  • What are the criteria you use to decide if your sources of information are reliable?
  • What kinds of information would you rather not get from the web? Why?
  • 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?
  • Who is responsible for making sure website content is accurate?
  • 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?
  • What kind of quick reference systems could be implemented that would identify the quality of information on a webpage to a user?
  • How is critical thinking more of a necessity when searching for information on the internet than it would be in a traditional physical library?
  • What are some examples of print sources that are better on paper than on the computer?

Info & Society:

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • How was information gathered and assessed prior to the internet?

Effectiveness of Search:

  • How can we effectively search for information on the internet in a short amount of time?
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Instead of being held hostage by information, how can we change the hall of mirrors back to a window to the world?

Effectiveness of Design:

  • What is one thing in particular that you dislike or prefer not to have to deal with on websites, the thing or pet peeve that let’s you know when you arrive that this isn’t the site for you? Why? What would you tell the webmaster?

Your Search/Net Practices:

  • 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?
  • How would you feel if you were forced to be disconnected from the internet and live in some cabin for 6 months?
  • What is your general strategy for internet search? Where do you start? Who do you trust? Why?

The Future

  • How does Amazon Kindle relate to Vannevar Bush’s Memex? How is it like a RSS reader?
  • How will the movement toward more individualistic devices (smart phones, tiny laptops, etc) force design improvements to information search?
  • How can we reduce the worthless email we get?

Lecture/Lab (Practice for essay & discussion leader session)


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