Video Review – Crap Detection 101

Crap Detection 101 review by Richard Hamilton




The Video Crap Detection 101: How to Distinguish Good and Bad Information Online is targeted at parents, educators and high schools students to provide them with the tools to identify the difference between accurate and inaccurate information online. While I think it achieves its stated purpose, the question and answer (“Q&A”) format between Mr. Rheingold and Mr. Brokering of Safari Books Online makes watching the video difficult at times, especially for high school students.


Saturday afternoon my wife, 16 year-old step-daughter and myself gathered around the monitor in the living room to watch the video. The video starts out very strong and we could all relate as Mr. Rheingold explains the discussion he held with his 12 year-old daughter and the steps she should take in questioning information online. Unfortunately, the format then changed to a Q&A and we felt that we were sitting in a classroom lecture.


It was very interesting to hear the steps that one could take to protect themselves against a number of online issues, including phishing, hoaxes, spam, and incorrect or misleading online information. The video also explored online healthcare information, children on the web, teaching and learning about critical thinking and using Wikipedia. However, in our opinion the video was too long and at times we lost interest. While Mr. Rheingold showed some actual examples of websites, we suggest that it would have been beneficial if there were more examples and/or information to look at while Mr. Rheingold talked. My step-daughter said that she would have found the video more interesting if there were interviews with “young” people and included information about Facebook (which surprisingly seemed to be missing in the video).


While there is a lot of great information and tools to help one distinguish good and bad information online, the way it was presented and the cost of the video makes it difficult for me to recommend the video. To purchase this video or to obtain additional information click here: http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920015031/


Disclosure: A free copy of the video Crap Detection 101: How to Distinguish Good and Bad Information Online was provided to me as part of the O’Reilly’s Blogger Review Program on the understanding that I would review the video.  It is a great program that I highly recommend.  Full details of the program can be found by clicking on the following:

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Posted in Video Reviews by Richard on January 29th, 2011 at 17:55.

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