Howard Rheingold Speaks on Credibility of Online Information and Social Media

First, let me prepare you that this video is a bit long (Approximately 20 minutes), but it is jam packed with great information, theories, and thought-provoking questions.  Trust me, you’ll want to watch the whole video.  At least make it to the 8 minute mark, and tell me if you know where I can find some snazzy Howard Rheingold apparel.

Howard Rheingold covers how we can become a critical thinking connoisseur of online information and interactions within social media.  In addition, he discusses how we can prepare our children to think critically about the results they see in a Google search.  We must teach our children to question the validity of information, credibility of the author, and distinguish fact vs. opinion.  The key is to ask questions and dig beneath the surface of information delivered online.  Between the 15 and 18 minute mark, there is a really disturbing example of the danger involved in automatically trusting the information delivered in a web page.  As you train your employees, children, or students how to think critically about online information, this would be a compelling anecdote to share.

As Howard Rheingold says: “Think like a detective.”

I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did.

Editor’s Note: Breanne Harris is the Solutions Architect for Pearson TalentLens.  She works with customers to design selection and development plans that incorporate critical thinking assessments and training.  She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and has experience in recruiting, training, and HR consulting.  She is the chief blogger for Critical Thinkers and occasionally posts at ThinkWatson.  Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter for more of her thoughts.

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