Sunday, December 2, 2012

Controlling a Narrative, Part 1

Often times, when I allow my students to research online, if I havent given them direct instruction on computer literacy and online research skils, then they tend to take the first thing that pops up in Google,nwhich is Wikipedia. I now see the power of the Internet for controlling  a message or narrative. If you want to get someone to believe something as true, post it or edit it on Wikipedia under a pseudonym and you have just created fact and reality. You dont even need to corroborate the truth with a annotation. Wikipedia is the lowest hanging fruit for research, where fiction becomes reality.

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