Religious Information in a Digital Age (Bizarro Perspectives)

I find the approach many students take to the quest for reliable information mirrored in today’s Bizarro comic:

The tendency is to go where Google searches direct you, to where the flashy advertising leads:

In an age of advertising, it can be difficult to choose between the various things that one is told.

One may end up surrounded by an incredible amount of information, available at the touch of a button, and yet not know what to do to make sure that the really important information (or people) to get through…

And if we do encounter important information, we may well misunderstand or misinterpret it.

And when the discussions end up becoming mere shouting matches, even those who are almost certainly correct may start to look little different than their opponents, confusing matters for onlookers.

Is there anything more that one can do than put their perspective out there, perhaps also taking pains to explain why they consider their perspective worth listening to, and then hope for the best?

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  • http://twitter.com/matthies67 Brad S. Matthies

    Great post and very timely. National speaking, there are some academic librarians who can’t see the forest because the trees get in the way. They are so focused on collections and format change that they think the profession is done. Your post points out why a broad and collaborative approach to teaching information literacy is important. It needs to be spread across the curriculum and come from many constituents. If anything I think Google has given academic librarians job security — that is, if they can move with the cheese.

  • Brad Matthies

    Great post and very timely. National speaking, there are some academic librarians who can’t see the forest because the trees get in the way. They are so focused on collections and format change that they think the profession is done. Your post points out why a broad and collaborative approach to teaching information literacy is important. It needs to be spread across the curriculum and come from many constituents. If anything I think Google has given academic librarians job security — that is, if they can move with the cheese.

  • hugh boyle

     ‘ Is there anything more that one can do than put their perspective out there, perhaps also taking pains to explain why they consider their perspective worth listening to, and then hope for the best? ‘

    You have it there in  ‘a nutshell ‘ , James . But are the majority of people good enough at  ‘ squirrelling ‘ it out . :)

    Regards .

    .

  • hugh boyle

     ‘ Is there anything more that one can do than put their perspective out there, perhaps also taking pains to explain why they consider their perspective worth listening to, and then hope for the best? ‘

    You have it there in  ‘a nutshell ‘ , James . But are the majority of people good enough at  ‘ squirrelling ‘ it out . :)

    Regards .

    .