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September 2015

Misleading Visuals and Their Information.

Infographics can be considered useful or they can be very misleading.  However, I believe that if someone was looking for information in an infographic then they should look closely at the visual to make sure it is useful and valuable information. In the article it states that, “We have a natural tendency to trust images more than text.  As a result, we’re easily fooled by data visualizations”.  I think this is accurate because people are more intrigued by visuals because they are more attractive to the eye and easier to stay focused on.  People will believe the infographics because the information is easier to follow even if they are scaled poorly.  The article talks about three steps to avoid receiving false information from visuals and if people are able to follow these steps I think that they can get the information they need or want.  In another article it refers to infographics as being misleading, not technically as lying.  This is what I see infographics as; people will design the visuals to show what they are intending to show.  Even if this means to mislead the viewer.  I think that if someone was going to use a visual as a source then they should really look into the infographic to see if the information is valid.  If they allow the visual to fool them then they are being careless in their search for information.

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From another article it gives the above picture which is an example of how visuals can be misleading.  The picture is comparing the deaths due to terrorism versus the deaths due to lack of health care in the United States.  I see the information as misleading because I do not see how the two topics are exactly related other than the fact that they are problems in the United States.  This image can make the problem of terrorism seem small and the lack of health care as a much larger problem.  I believe that the two problems should be seen as more of equal problems.  What do you think about Infographics and how they give information?

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Is Google Making Us Smart?!

I believe that the thought that Google is making us stupid has little validity and I agree that the internet is changing our minds but not necessarily negatively.  In the article we read about Google making us stupid the author states that, “My mind isn’t going – so far as I can tell – but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think”.  Nicholas Carr is saying that the internet is changing the way people think and view material.  This does not mean that the internet is making people less intelligent.  I think that the internet is just changing the way we think and operate.  Our minds are adapting to electronic sources rather than to hard copy sources. People may consider it becoming stupid because they are used to the ways of library books and chalk boards.  They may not understand how to use the internet to its best capabilities and they might not understand how exactly to use the internet to get the information they need.  In another article that talks about what technology is doing to our minds, it says that we have more information to learn on the internet, but it is so easy to find so people do not have to work as hard to gain that information.  “Life has become more complex but we hardly ever notice it because technology has made complexity simpler than ever”.

This article also talks about how even the simplest minds can be considered smarter if they were to have access to the internet.  “…without internet access, even a 7-year old is smarter than us (so long as she has access to the web)”.

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This is an interesting picture from another article that questions whether or not the internet is making us stupid.  In this picture the left side of the person’s head holds all useful information acquired from the internet and the left side holds the not so useful and distracting information from the internet.  I believe this shows that the internet can make learning a more difficult task but only if someone allows it to.  So, is there any chance that the internet may be making us more intelligent?

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