Summary 24 of April
On this day we discussed the competence of information, how important it is that when we obtain some piece of information we can be assured that it is correct.
Mostly what was discussed is where or what can provide competent information, especially in today’s time where information is a constant and is available to anyone, almost anywhere. Many sources where discussed, including encyclopedias and of course wikipedia, but we questioned the resourcefulness of these. Encyclopedias have been wrong before, and they have been until checked by professionals, meaning incorrect information might have been out in the public possibly for years. This can be extremely problematic, they cant’ take back all the editions that are out and fix them, instead the make corrections for the new editions and any books launched of the same edition. Wikipedia does not have this problem.
WIkipedia can be edited at any time. from any pace but that is not to say that it’s safe. Literally anybody has access to it and can edit it, I’m sure you can figure out why taht can be a problem.
Still theres more to Info getting than just encyclopedias and Wiki. Then internet itself is a massive source of info.
We have access to all of these websites, such an amount that they can practically make their ow country (This is pure speculation). Well, that’s the trick you see, with so much information available, how do we make sure it’s reliable. There isn’t a tried and true method for reliability but there are things that help such as: Multipe authors (Being well known helps); Editorial houses, if it’s important and sellable basically; some form of vouching, weather it be from a well know author or another source; and, well, checking from multiple sources. If you ever check a source that is doubtful, or any source for that matter, double check it to be safe.
And that is all I have for you on info reliabilty. Stick around and maybe, just maybe you’ll get more.