All extremely valid points, and yes that is the article - even it may
not be very accurate, scintifically speaking!
Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio
On Mar 29, 2006, at 2:48 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> See also Britannica's point by point response to the Nature article
> that suggested Whacky-Packia is as useful/truthful as Britannica
> Search engines are just as bad as Whacky-Packia in perpetuating the
> Internet as echo chamber for rumors, half-truths and out-of-contexts.
> Most search engines return results based on being paid to favor some
> pages over others (do some digging and you'll find that just about all
> of them have this practice -- a "favored return" or something like
> that). And since kids are not being taught to discriminate about
> sources and context, to them all results are equally valid. Plus, if
> one is searching for very specific information, even after years of
> tuning search engines, you better know some very specific keywords or
> you will spend hours wading through garbage.
> Now, I'm no Luddite (I prefer "traditionalist ;) ) but I think one
> needs to approach real research on the Internet, as opposed to
> leisurely pursuit of curiosity, with great care and caution. And, as I
> spent a good hour explaining to my niece recently, just because 10
> pages say the same wrong thing doesn't mean it will ever be right.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Alec McLane" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 2:55 PM
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> It might have been this op-ed piece from the NY Times:
> OPINION | March 26, 2006
> Contributor: Searching for Dummies
> By EDWARD TENNER
> Are search engines making today's students dumber?
> Alec McLane
> At 09:59 AM 3/29/2006, Lou Judson wrote:
>> I'm sorry I did not save a link to something I read recently about
>> some kind of test or survey that indicated kids who use the internet
>> can only find things with search engines, not with boook and
>> brains... I do not assume this meant discrimination, rather use of
>> resources if not organized by algorithms. If I find it I'll post it,
>> if not then this is just one of those "I read it on the net"
>> Lou Judson . Intuitive Audio
>> On Mar 29, 2006, at 5:56 AM, Karl Miller wrote:
>>> On Tue, 28 Mar 2006, Lou Judson wrote:
>>>> On the other hand, kids these days are able to search but barely to
>>> I assume you mean the ability to discriminate? How does one tell the
>>> from the bad and how do you tell what is "real" and what is not in
>>> digital world.
> Alec McLane
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