Let’s Play a Game…

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April 3, 2013 by Jackie Hoermann-Elliott

Infographic on Credibility Study (free use image from Flickr.com)

Actually, it’s a game you play everyday when you communicate in written terms as well as oral, visual, and electronic ones. What makes one credible?

In oral and visual communication, it’s often how you compose yourself, what you wear, how you speak, and the ideas you speak on.

In writing, it can be our personal style, our voice, our ability to organize information competently, and arguably the most important determinant of credibility, the sources you cite.

What complicates all of this is the fourth mode of communication: electronic. In an age of text messaging, emailing, video posting, and unlimited ability to generate social media content. So to serve as the backdrop to our credibility game, please think (and mediate) through this question: Is technology improving the way we communicate or proving deleterious?

To play the game, groups will form and be assigned one of the resource links that follows below. Each group will then assess its assigned resource based on the credibility criteria it deems most relevant.

The resources are:

“Etiquette Returns” from The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/fashion/etiquette-returns-for-the-digital-generation.html?ref=technology&_r=0

“Margaret Atwood says Twitter, internet boost literacy” from CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2011/12/05/margaret-atwood-digital-twitter-publishing.html

“How Internet communication destroys writing standards” from Helium

http://www.helium.com/items/2058120-the-internet-and-written-communication

“Is Technology Producing a Decline in Critical Thinking and Analysis?” from Science Daily

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090128092341.htm

“Computers and writing” from Wikipedia.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computers_and_writing#Writing_in_the_Age_of_Communication_technology

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