Do you have as much confidence in the accuracy of an online story as you do in one found in a newspaper or magazine/ Expalin your reasoning.
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This depends on what sort of task you are talking about. From the rest of your question, I assume you are talking about some sort of academic task.
Since I have done academic stuff before and after the internet, I think I can tell you how it is different. Before the internet, completing tasks was much harder. You actually had to go to the library and look for books that might be helpful. Then you had to page through them to find parts that were useful. Then you had to type the quotes rather than being able to copy and paste.
As far as confidence, it depends on the source. If I get something from the website of an academic journal or from a professor's website, I have just as much confidence as in a written article. But if it is just from someone's personal site, I don't have much confidence at all.
Our internet often goes out when we have major storms around here (as was the case for about 4 hours last night). I hate to admit this, but when I don't have internet at a time I'd like to use it, I get really annoyed. I feel like I have budgeted into my day certain things I need to get done on the internet. (Funny, because 75% of it is correspondence and on 25% actual work - and even then, it is work which really has no deadline except one that I've put in place for myself.) But I can say that I would not keep in touch with as many people without the internet. I would also have to change my cell phone plan to include more daytime minutes for the people that I would likely keep in touch with still - only by phone instead of email.
As for work - I've never not had access to the internet as a teacher. I would have had a much harder time getting started with lesson ideas if I had to rely on help from other teachers I was working with. I think dynamics in the classroom have changed and improved greatly because of the internet. Suddenly we have ideas that take us out of the world of worksheets and overhead notes. Our PowerPoints have pictures (!) and video clips (!) and our tests and quizzes don't take 3 years of tweaking because we're stealing great ideas and questions from other teachers all over the world. As in everything else, the internet has sped up the world of education - in a very good way.
As for newspapers - I agree with post 2. I like having access to news sources that I do not subscribe to - like the Wall Street Journal and the NYTimes. Granted, without paying, the access is limited - but it is more than I would otherwise have. And while I do love something about sitting down in the morning with a real newspaper and a cup of coffee - I have to admit I've become a little bit more addicted to reading news on my laptop and keeping my hands (and kitchen table) free.
I think that the confidence I have in anything almost depends on the source. If it comes from a reliable and trusted source then I would naturally have more confidence that the story is true. If it comes from a source that I know nothing about then I will be more skeptical.
As far as completing tasks goes: Completing tasks without the help of the internet is more difficult but certainly not impossible. I was around before the internet so I can function without it but I definitely don't want to since I am so accustomed to using it.
We have plenty of evidence that everything on the Internet is not true or accurate. We also have sufficient evidence that things in print are not always true or accurate. Those two issues are dependent on the source (presumably a writer or an editorial board); if the source is reliable, so is the product. I suspect there was a time when the print media had an edge in the truth and accuracy department; today, in the era of sensationalism and declining readership, it seems to me the print media is often as guilty--if not more so--of poor scholarship and less than accurate reporting in an attempt to garner readers' attention and cash.
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