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Which sources of knowledgebooks, websites, the media, personal experience, authorities or some other do you consider most trustworthy, and why?

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TOK Essay Which sources of knowledge-books, websites, the media, personal experience, authorities or some other - do you consider most trustworthy, and why? Knowledge has always existed in our world, and will most defiantly be there eternally. With all this knowledge around us, in space or here at home, we have also recorded this knowledge in some sort of way, may this be by books, personal experience or even as a website. In the generations, our point of view and our perspective to these sources of knowledge has changed, due to the development of technology and other economical development. Looking at this from the view of the knower, any source of knowledge can be seen as useful and trustworthy, depending on the emotion, sense perception, reasoning and the language involved. Just recently, the AND youth leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led students of the University of Johannesburg to sing: "Shoot the boere [farmers], they are rapists". This has been a heavily discussed issue in South Africa, especially due to fact that the probably biggest event in 2010 is hosted here, the Fifa World Cup. ...read more.

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The media can therefore not always be trusted since they aim to gain attention and make money, due to the exaggeration of knowledge. Therefore one can say that secondary sources of information or knowledge, could have been influenced by different ways of knowing of a secondary party, altering the actual truth. Looking at the trustworthiness of authorities as a source of knowledge, this can be a lot more truthful, compared to the media or websites. These authorities usually do not or avoid putting a certain way of knowing into their interpretation and therefore into source of knowledge. They would for example only state what really happened at the University of Johannesburg, which would be: Julius Malema, led students of the University of Johannesburg to sing: "Shoot the boere [farmers], they are rapists" on the 11 March 2010. Since the purpose of authorities is to give an exact statement as to what happened at a certain time and place, this source can be seen as one of the most trustworthy, due to its reliability and accuracy. Personal experience is most often the ultimate source of knowledge to the extent that it is a primary source of information. ...read more.

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The information which they give is therefore often very accurate and reliable, which shows that the overall standard of the information given in books is often very high. However, looking at this from a different point of view, the author can always affect the information, by his personal interpretation due to his personal way of knowing. A good example of this would be a German author, writing about the World War. He would most write the book displaying Nazi Germany with a better image, than what they really had. This could be due to the emotion changing his interpretation of the World War, and therefore his personal opinion of the truth. To conclude, the trustworthiness of a source of knowledge depends on its degree of reliability and to what extent it has been affected with someone's personal opinion. Primary sources are usually considered to be the most trustworthy since they come from personal experience; many secondary sources of knowledge can also be considered reliable, such as authorities and books. In contrast mass-media puts knowledge and information to the extreme in order to gain attention of the people, and is therefore a rather iniquitous source of information. However, it is up to oneself to decide which source one can trust in and if we believe in it or not. ?? ?? ?? ?? Fabian Middelmann ...read more.

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