I disagree with Reingold’s beliefs; I feel that for the average person crap detection is not always possible on a subconscious level. Most people will not take the effort to consciously think about where there information is coming from, and even if they do they can still be tricked. Sources can portray themselves as credible and reliable when in reality they are not.

It is definitely very possible for people to sift through every source they come across to make sure it is reliable, but most people do not have the dedication or attention span to do this on a regular basis. There are many resources that are readily available to the general public to sift through information such as whois.net. Sifting through information is easy to do for one or two sources at time, but when checking multiple resources it becomes a tedious task. For academic and scholarly work, sifting through information to find the most reliable is a necessity; however, for basic research for the average person it is impractical.

It is up to each individual to choose how much they should filter their information based on their circumstances. When using information from the web to provide information for a professional audience, the author should be obliged to filter the information to the best ability possible. When providing information for yourself or a very informal, casual audience, heavy filtering is not always necessary. It is important to still remain aware that information may not always be totally reliable, but using all of Reingold’s steps and resources to sift through sources is not always the most practical approach.

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