Crap Detection links

With acknowledgement to Howard Rheingold, as published in his article in the SFGate of the San Francisco Chronicle and reproduced here.

Teachable moment: Crap Detecting
Assessing the Credibility of Online Sources
The CRAP Test
Urban Legends
Check quality of backlinks (links TO a site)
Newstrust guide to finding good journalism online
Museum of Hoaxes
Urban Legends (
Carl Sagan's "Baloney Detection Kit"

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Crap Detection 101

"Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him."
Ernest Hemingway, 1954

An excellent article by Howard Rheingold published in SFGate, the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Unless a great many people learn the basics of online crap detection and begin applying their critical faculties en masse and very soon, I fear for the future of the Internet as a useful source of credible news, medical advice, financial information, educational resources, scholarly and scientific research."

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