How to Discern Bias and Credibility of a Website

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Two Women Searching the InternetYears ago I attended a workshop with a Yogi who shared a tale illustrating how there are always at least three sides to every story. Yours, mine and the truth – which is usually somewhere in the middle.

Everyone who reads or hears something has the bias of the messenger to consider as well as their own bias, which has now become a part of the narrative.  You can also add in a sprinkle of many are not willing or aware that bias is present and will defend their position to the death.

Our brains are hardwired to have bias.  We form opinions within seconds whether we want or mean to or not.  This makes it particularly challenging to know what to trust when it comes to website content.

Here are some tips to discern credibility on a website:

  1. Who is the author?  Knowing who wrote the article gives you the opportunity to learn more about them.
  2. When was the article written?  Sometimes an article is simply out-of-date and not applicable any longer.
  3. Are sources included?  This gives you the opportunity to explore deeper.
  4. Is the site well-designed?  Well-designed sites tend to be more credible.
  5. Is the domain an .edu or .gov?  These tend to be more reliable since only educational agencies and goverments can purchase these domains.
  6. What is the domain?  Does it include words like left, right, conservative, liberal, democrat or republican? Does it reference a religious organization?
  7. What type of ads or articles do they have on the site?  These can provide insight into bias.

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