Today we are faced with the question of ‘how can we establish the credibility of a source in a time where everyone has the ability to distribute content?’
My remediation this week demonstrates how simple it is for anyone to create content and share it online. Although this tweet would not be taken seriously by those who know me, it’s a light-hearted example of how users can easily share fake news online.
A gatekeeper is a person who controls the access to something and this term usually comes up in legacy media, however when we are looking at emergent media and specifically social media, we are interacting more with user-led content creation which means our information is coming from anyone who chooses to distribute information.
It is constantly becoming more difficult to determine whether a source is credible or not, however there a number of ways to help us decipher this, such as it’s currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose which is discussed further in an Evaluating Resources article.