The internet contains a wealth of information. This information can be used to learn about new things or to verify facts.
However, much of the information on the internet is either biased in some way or incorrect.
Information that is biased or incorrect loses its value. When information has no value, it is of no use to us. We need to be able to distinguish between information that is valuable (of use to us) and that which is not.
Biased information is information that is written from a particular perspective or point of view.
When we write, we often – either purposefully or accidentally – introduce bias. Information that contains bias may be:
Look at the following examples of information about a film:
In each case, bias has distorted the information about the film.
Incorrect information is information that is wrong, out of date or inaccurate.
Websites may contain information that is incorrect for any of these reasons:
When information is correct, it is ‘reliable’. Reliable information has value. The less reliable the information, the less valuable it is.