Object 1: A Wikipedia page

May 27, 2021

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The first object I have chosen is a Wikipedia page published on the 17th of February 2021. The article is telling readers that it is not always a trustworthy source, as it can be edited by anyone, thus the information their pages withhold is not necessarily reliable. It also talks about how fallacious information often takes a considerable amount of time to be corrected or even acknowledged that it is incorrect to put a warning on the page.

This object is relevant to the exhibition as we are often told not to believe everything we read online, with more emphasis on Wikipedia. However, this article is provided by the company itself, and therefore it can be assumed that it is a more trustworthy Wikipedia article because they are addressing the unreliability of some of their articles and admitting to the faults in their services. The context in which the article is written uses formal language which portrays a sincere tone, contributes to its believability, which begs the question of whether the context in which information is presented does in fact play a significant role in how the information is consumed and its impact onthe reader. You could argue that because the page is on the Wikipedia website, it is still considered untrustworthy however, this page is also not available to edit by the public and therefore, we are assured that the information is firsthand, and the message isn’t changed along the way. In this case, the context in which information is presented influences the reader in such a way that they respond positively to its content and accept the information.

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