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INF506: OLJ Task 15 – Authentic Information

Two points to consider when finding authentic information within a socially networked world are:

1. Just because people know the source of the information is wrong it does not mean they will change their mind

De keersmaecker & Roets (2017) argue that even when people find out that a piece of information they based an assessment off was fake, that doesn’t mean that a person will re-evaluate their position. This is an important point as often when reading news and opinion you assume that everyone is working off the same (or similar) views of ‘the facts’. While I have understood for a long time the difference between news and propaganda, when the news can be tainted not just by bias but by complete lies that have since been disproved it makes the search for ‘authentic’ information much harder particularly when looking for analysis of facts.

2. What is driving social media to display ‘authentic information’ to you?

In the last few years, Facebook has been shown to:

As Jewell (2017) discusses, a company with this type of record needs to be treated with considerable caution and when the company’s founder discusses the vision of creating a social institution that can facilitate interaction between politicians and the public. When the company’s “main consideration is commercial” no matter what claims they make about ensuring the well-being of their users, it is impossible to trust that information you discover on the platform is not intended to manipulate your views or being displayed ahead of more relevant content due to commercial considerations. Facebook is not alone in holding this form of power and to be fair, this type of power has been held by media companies for centuries. The user however does need to ensure that any ‘authentic’ information is validated by a number of reputable other sites before being shared or used to inform your decision making process.

References

De keersmaecker, J., & Roets, A. (2017). ‘Fake news’: Incorrect, but hard to correct. The role of cognitive ability on the impact of false information on social impressions. Intelligence, 65, 107–110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intell.2017.10.005
Jewell, J. (2017, February 22). If Facebook ruled the world: Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of a digital future. Retrieved 27 December 2018, from http://theconversation.com/if-facebook-ruled-the-world-mark-zuckerbergs-vision-of-a-digital-future-73459
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INF506: OLJ Task 8 – Mobile Exploration

Compare and contrast their functionality of sites and the ways that they provide access to social tools. For each site list features that you consider provide a good mobile experience, and suggest any improvements that could be made.

ABC News

ABC News does not utilise responsive design, instead it uses a mobile and desktop versions of the site (Rawlins, 2016). On the mobile version of the site, ABC News promotes the social media and app options available to users including Snapchat, instagram, Twitter and Apple News. On the desktop version of the site, there is only reference to Facebook Messenger, so the site is tailoring its message to reflect the type of devices the user is on and not promoting things unnecessarily i.e. you cannot access Snapchat on a desktop and so why would you advertise it there?

In the individual news articles, the sharing options are similar although in the mobile version they include an option to share on WhatsApp, a mobile app. The sharing icons don’t include text on the mobile version probably to mirror the experience of mobile apps that just include large icons.

Desktop Version

 

Mobile Version

In general, the ABC News site replicates the experience of the desktop site on its mobile site, with some variation based on user expectations and platform opportunities.

CSU Interact2

The CSU Interact2 site does not provide a lot of social options. The site is responsive which provides a very familiar interface between mobile and desktop. Videos are scaled down to fit within the page and the way that mobile phones work, when you click on the video it gives you the option to open it in the YouTube app.

The site could benefit from an option to Tweet or share certain passages so that you can start a conversation with fellow students or send questions directly to the course convener. It would good to see what other students have highlighted or shared so that you can tell which passages are of interest to others and potentially allow you to connect with others that are interested in similar ideas.

 

References

Rawlins, B. (2016). Responsive Web Design. In Mobile technologies in libraries: a LITA guide. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.