Prior to reading anything on “crap detection”, I was very skeptical as to how it was going to be portrayed. I assumed it was going to be very dry, and tell me a whole lot about stuff I already knew.
I was wrong. I learned a lot from Howard Rheingold, while also making several connections to my every day life.
Ever since I could remember my father has told me “don’t try to be somebody who knows all of the answers, be somebody who knows how to find them”. This almost seems to be Rheingold’s main point. Crap Detection 101 discusses that the internet is up and coming, as well as our best source for information.
Among countless others, I use google to answer any question I have. Whether it be how to change the oil in my car or math homework, I can find the answer. Thats the beauty of the internet and new media, and Rheingold argues this strongly. Now comes the real dilemma; crap detection.
Other than being the title, crap detection is also important because as a society, we must decipher and question the information that is presented to us. The main, and most obvious, reason for this is that the information loses all credibility if we do not attempt to question its origin.
As a whole, we need to constantly analyze information just to stay afloat. In other words, just to make it through our daily struggles. Rheingold also argues that we need to take this incredibly vast source of information and use it to grow as a community. We must take advantage of the convenience we have to google whatever we want, and never stop.
Because of the new technology that we have at our fingertips, the sky is the limit for knowledge.
And it is time to finally take advantage.