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Assessing the Validity of Online Sources

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This is a fabulous map---but is the statement true?

 


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It's quite amazing!

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Courtney Burns's curator insight, November 26, 2013 8:45 AM

When we first looked at this picture in class there was no way that I thought this map could be true. We are warned all the time to be careful what we look at on the internet, because for the most part a lot of the information is not true. When we looked at this photo in class we zoomed in on the area in the circle and first determined what was included  in that circle. Once we were able to detrmine what cities were within that circle we were then able to look up the population in each of those cities. We added up the total of each city to get the total population of the places within the circle. Then we researched the total population of the world. Once we were able to find this we subtracted the population from within the circle from the total population, and what we were left with was smaller than the total population within the circle. Which means that the map was true. I was shocked. There was no way that I thought this was true. What was interesting to me was the process we went through to determine that this map was even true. We had to detrmine the area we were working with and then research the information to get a solution. I think you learn a lot just by this simple picture. This map happened to be true however there are many picture listed under this map that are untrue that we are faced with all the time, that if we took the time to research we woudl realize are silly pictures. Just by researching information about a picutre like this can teach us a lot about a place. 

James Hobson's curator insight, November 11, 12:23 PM

(South Asia topic 2)

Though not necessarily just a South Asia issue by any means, the ability to analyze data and make one's own conclusions is a major part of geographical study. Whether it be photos, personal observations, or raw data, apparently-false information can be proven true, and vice versa. Without this second-guessing of sources the fundamental questions of "What?", "Why?", and "So what?" wouldn't be utilized. Even if you believe firmly in a source/data and it does turn out to be true, at the very least you have filled in the second question in geographical analysis, which otherwise might be overlooked.

Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, November 23, 10:15 AM

The statement is true. When the populations of the countries highlighted are combined, 51% of the world’s population lives in the circle. But, this is a claim that could be easily just put out there. We have to look at where the information comes from. In this day and age, it is easy to manipulate numbers, images and ideas. The media has become spin masters.

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