Credibility becoming an Issue
With so much information on the internet so much can be fake news or unreliable. In “What is Urbanization?” by Rinkesh Kukreja I first checked if the author Rinkesh Kukreja, was credible or not. While researching to author, all that came up was a LinkedIn profile that credited Rinkesh Kukreja as a Senior Software Engineer at InterGlobe Technologies Ltd (IGT) and that he attended D A V Public School. I could not find any other information or credentials about environmentalism.
Key factors in this blog post by Kuktreja is the fact that there is no works cited page or list anywhere to be found. When developing a blog post or any center for information for that matter, the developer should have grounded facts and legitamate sources. A key factor into making one’s piece be credible is the ability to cite where one got their information from and this blog poster failed to do so. Despite if the information posted was true, we as readers must assume any information given is false because there is no way to fact check the writer throughout the post there is no hyperlinks to other posts to articles to prove where he got his information from. In fact, all hyperlinks included in the post are other articles written by the author himself.
Another red flag that makes this blog post questionable is that there is no appeal to ethos whatsoever. Since before reaching higher education level courses the fundamentals to writing a proper paper like a persuasive piece are taught and that includes rhetorical appeals like ethos pathos and logos. Ethos allows for the writer to catch the readers attention, and display that thier is intrest as well as proffesionals studying the topic of conversation. In this case, since the author only included links to other posts written by himself, readers lose credibility in him because this shows that he is biased and only listens to his own opinion. Readers need to see both sides to arguments to look credible and this writer doesn’t offer that. The writer doesn’t even attempt to get a professional’s opinion or say into the blog post. When reading something, there must be some credibility to what a writer is saying. For example, when reading an article about the newest technology for more precise surgery, we would want to know this from a team of surgeons and engineers, not from a butcher. Another example where the writer fails to appeal to ethos is the fact that the writer has no credentials listed. There is no way to prove that he is in anyway involved in this profession since he did not list any credentials. There is no way to find when this piece was published so there is no way to find out if the blog post is even relevant to current times or if there was any form of correction made through time after the blog was posted. The writer just seems to appear as a person interested in urbanization or environmental issues.
To add, the writer has no appeal to logos. The author doesn’t include any statistics, any factual evidence, or any surveys of people at all making this post seem like there is no evidence out there to support the writer. The writer doesn’t look credible or relevant if there isn’t anything being tested or studied in the field in question. For example, the Kukreja states that the “Majority of people move to cities and towns because they view rural areas as places with hardship and backward/primitive lifestyle.” (Kukreja). This could have been strengthened by a statistic of how any people actually move to the city from urban areas. Another example would be when Kukreja writes “As a result, sanitation becomes poor and sewages flow chaotically, and they are drained into neighboring streams, rivers, lakes, or seas. Eventually, communicable diseases such as typhoid, dysentery, plague, and diarrhea spread very fast leading to suffering and even deaths.” (Kukreja). This information looks like it was pulled out of nowhere since there is no statistic or credit to where this information came from, readers must assume this is not legitimate.
Evaluating and analyzing this blog post readers must come to the conclusion that this piece is in no way credible. When evaluating sources the reader must find that there are resources credited, the author has credible credentials, and the author uses statistics from reliable professionals and the author of “What is Urbanization” by Rinkesh Kukreja does not fit any criteria of a reliable blog post. Even if Kukreja was using credible sources, facts, and statistics, the lack of proper citiaiton and use of rhetorical appeals completely damages any credibility or legitimacy Kukreja could possibly have. The internet can give a resercher endless answers or legitamaite soures for anything, but, with countless sites, not all sites can be regualted to be factual or legitamte. By following these basic rules for a successful post, one less site on the internet can show false answers.