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Essential information for anyone looking to become better informed.

  • Nov 4, 2009
It matters not your station in life.  Whether you are a business professional, working journalist, high school or college student or simply a concerned citizen we are all looking for ways to better inform ourselves about the pressing issues of our time.  There is so much information available on the internet but I suspect that most of us rely on just a handful of websites to keep us abreast of just what is going on.

This is why I found James F. Broderick and Darren W. Miller's fabulous book "Consider The Source:  A Critical Guide To The 100 Most Prominent News and Information Sites On The Web" to be so exciting.  What we have here are critical reviews of 100 of the most important and influential news and information sites on the web.  In my view there is hardly a person out there who would not benefit from perusing this book. What Broderick and Miller offer in "Consider The Source" is a treasure trove of useful material about how to best access information on the web.  Just to give you an idea, the authors review websites covering news, sports, entertainment, science, medicine and more.  They critique each website for design, content and accessabilty and are careful note any bias they might discover.  Obviously, many of these sites have a point of view and the authors deem it important that their readers understand this.

Happily, Broderick and Miller do not limit themselves to sites that originate in the United States only. "Consider The Source" offers reviews on news and information sites from Britain, India, France, Australia, Ireland and even Asia and Africa.  In addition, you will see reviews of various U.S. government websites such as the Library of Congress, CIA, FBI and NASA.  Some absolutely fascinating stuff there!  In the list of 100 websites, the reader will find the familiar as well as a number of hidden gems they have probably never even heard of.  Of this group I might recommend to you a site called The Onion. Hilarious!

As I read "Consider The Source" I jotted down the sites I would be interested in bookmarking. Not surprisingly, I came up with a list of more than two dozen. The fact is that I had never even heard of many of these sites.  Still others were websites I had never even accessed before.  "Consider The Source:  A Critical Guide To The 100 Most Prominent News and Information Sites On The Web" is written in clear, concise language that just about everyone can understand.  Not a lot of confusing technical jargon here!  Reading this book is absolutely time well spent! I would not be surprised that if the authors chose to issue updated versions of the book from time to time.    Highly recommended!

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November 04, 2009
Definitely adding this to my 'Must Read' list. Any source that considers The Onion as a "Prominent News and Information Site" is alright by me. Thanks for sharing, Drifter!
November 04, 2009
Sounds good!
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The famous slogan of one major TV news network, "More people get their news from ... than from any other source," now applies to the Internet. But where can you find the news you need, how can you gauge its veracity, and how can anyone keep up? The answers are in this unique book by a professor of journalism and a working reporter. Jim Broderick and Darren Miller have written an A-to-Z guide to the best and worst news and information sites, featuring 100 in-depth, critical reviews and a 5-star rating system. You'll discover dozens of reliable sites that meet your needs, learn what to expect before you log on, and gain a reporter's hardnosed perspective on the motives and bias behind each resource. The supporting Web site is a virtual portal to the world of online news.

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ISBN-10: 0910965773
ISBN-13: 978-0910965774
Author: James F. Broderick and Darren W. Miller
Genre: Computers & Internet
Publisher: CyberAge Books
Date Published: May 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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