CS113: Academic Strategies for the Business Professional
Unit 6 Critical Thinking and Research Assignment
Full Name: Brittany Brooks
Two-digit Section #: 02
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Please read through the following comments carefully to see why we are focusing on critical thinking and online research. Make sure to pay special attention to the two comments in highlighted in red: “The World Wide Web can be a great place to accomplish research on many topics. But putting documents or pages on the web is easy, cheap, or free, unregulated, and unmonitored (at least in the USA). There is a famous Steiner cartoon published in the New Yorker (July 5, 1993) with two dogs sitting before a terminal looking at a computer screen; one says to the other ‘On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.’ The great wealth that the Internet has brought to so much of society is the ability for people to express themselves, find one another, exchange ideas, discover possible peers worldwide they never would have otherwise met, and, through hypertext links in web pages, suggest so many other people's ideas and personalities to anyone who comes and clicks. There are some real "dogs" out there, but there's also great treasure. Therein lies the rationale for evaluating carefully whatever you find on the Web. The burden is on you — the reader — to establish the validity, authorship, timeliness, and integrity of what you find. Documents can easily be copied and falsified or copied with omissions and errors — intentional or accidental. In the general World Wide Web there are no editors (unlike most print publications) to proofread and "send it back" or "reject it" until it meets the standards of...
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