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  1. Dr. O.
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    Yes, it is the question. Academia defines reliability. Per academia definition, social media is not reliable. For this, a redefinition may be needed. Are there levels of reliability? How about validity? How do you prevent bias? How about accessibility? Is social media really for everybody? How many people do have access to computers? Question is, is there a universal definition of social media? Questions..questions, and more questions…

  2. Social Media?
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    I can see how digital media may be considered as a reliable source of information. In the future…Social media needs to mature as well as the people utilizing it. I am not arguing against utilizing social media. We need a structure, a method, or, rather, guidelines. And with the widespread influence thus the increase in the supply, I am rather struggling with the idea of social media being a reliable source but rather a starting place for discussions. For now of course. 

    1. Vidya A.
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      I guess then my question is, within the ambit of digital media, what constitutes reliability? Does a TED video merit equal footing with a peer reviewed article in a online journal? Both are digital media, but can they construed to be of the same calibre? Social media on the other hand, as you say, is not only nascent, but also the channel by which digital content is shared and disseminated. As content becomes increasingly digital in nature, I suspect academia will have to contend with revising the nature and scope of “reliability” with regard to information resources. Then again, it may change the game entirely by adopting the blogging model and allowing comments and responses to peer reviewed articles in an online journal. Nope, don’t see that happening any time soon ;).

      Thanks for the conversation!

      1. Social Media?
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        Yes, it is the question. Academia defines reliability. Per academia definition, social media is not reliable. For this, a redefinition may be needed. Are there levels of reliability? How about validity? How do you prevent bias? How about accessibility? Is social media really for everybody? How many people do have access to computers? Question is, is there a universal definition of social media? Questions..questions, and more questions…

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