Information Architecture – Web Theory (2)


Chapter 8 looked at the web of informational news. Again, looking at the fact the fact this book was printed back in 2003. The issue at hand was how the web was delivering news and drying up the revenues of traditional media outlets like television, radio, and print. People could simply look up news information via a search engine and find what they want where ever they are. With Web 2.0, rather than just looking up news information, users can report the news as they see fit with blogs, podcasts, and videocasts. While many lack traditional journalistic skills, this new forms of informational news spread quickly and many traditional media outlets have incorporated blog.

As for the rise in popularity, in my opinion, is the tone of the almost conversational diary like quality readers like. Many time entries can be posted several times through out the day and with social media like Facebook and MySpace, you can easily attract a following.

In 2006, Twitter became the new kid on the block because their concept was to micro-blog. By signing up with Twitter, each account was allowed 140 characters to relay your ideas, news, comments, or whatever is on your mind. In 2008, the Mumbai attacks became the center of the world’s attention thanks to Twitter. Those who were at the scene or trapped inside, were able to relay information in real time to the web via mobile devices.

With the discussion of information overload in a previous entry, how can we as users trust and verify the quality of the news that we discover and digest? The text gives some points when trying to evaluate:

  1. Factualness
  2. Accuracy
  3. Completeness
  4. Readability

Going back to my computer class for seniors that I teach at the library, I had stressed the issue on how no two search engines looked for information in the same way. The same can be said about the news itself. How Fox Channel deliver its news is different than CNN. Good or bad, there is a brand name and reputation you can come to rely on. With today’s news from blogs to tweets, their brand may not be evident since there are many others also reporting their own take on the same news. The best approach is to trust but verify. Regardless of how you get your news, don’t just rely just on one source – verify with another source.

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~ by The Monster on April 20, 2010.

2 Responses to “Information Architecture – Web Theory (2)”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Ben Shoemate. Ben Shoemate said: Information Architecture – Web Theory (2) « Page 49 http://bit.ly/brfrRJ […]

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  2. This is a really useful post – thank you! We are always trying to get tutors to think about how they present and use Web 2.0 tools in class. Often they don’t see the need to use them at all, so we’ve been trying to push their use to highlight global discussions and information literacy. This has given me a few more ideas to support the cause!

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