Blog Credibility Test
Today I am evaluating a blog from the Green Garage Blog website. The blog is titled 7 Top Pros and Cons of Juveniles Being Tried as Adults. Right from the get-go, I looked to see if there was an author to the blog. Normally it is located under the title. Unfortunately, I did not see one. I scrolled through the entire blog multiple times in search of an author, but one was not presented. Since there is no author presented, no credentials were listed either. I am assuming this is due to the fact that the person who wrote tis article doesn’t have much significance to the topic he is writing about. If he was, they would have written his name down and told us his occupation in order to gain credibility.
Not only is there no authors name in the article, but no contact information was given as well. There is no possible way to find out if the author is credible, or even contact them. How can we contact them if there is no information? Something this blog does contain is a home link. When I clicked on it, I was redirected to a page filled with all different articles. Every one of them pertaining to a different subject. I am assuming it is someone who wrote many different articles and posts them all on this cite. There is no information given about the author, only ads surrounding the text. The only logical explanation is that the author created his own cite to post articles about topics that interested them.
Despite the obvious lack of an author, this blog is deceptive. Upon first glance, the article seems to be extremely informative. It pertains to my topic perfectly, and answers a majority of the questions I had about children being tried as adults. Whoever write this even gave multiple statements for both sides of the argument. All signs of a good writer. The main aspect that almost convinced me this was a credible piece was the way it was set up. The method he/she used was very similar to what you taught us. The author placed different subjects into different sections and put titles in bold to make them stand out. Videos were also provided pertaining to the subject to make the blog seem authentic. The videos were done by credible sources like HLN news channel and others that were found on YouTube. I am sure that the videos displayed on the blog are in fact portraying accurate information, but I don’t feel the same way about this blog.
One of the major things that led me to not trust this blog is the amount of pop up ads roaming the page. I feel less comfortable with a cite that is trying to ell me something, rather than focus on informing me of the subject they wrote about. When it comes to the logical appeal, this blog is up and down. On one hand, they say state a lot of information about children who killed their classmates and went to prison for it, but didn’t show where they got this information from. I would have liked to see a link or authors name to the article where they found this information. However, later on in the article they do cite their sources when listing facts. “According to Laurence Steinberg, a psychology professor at Temple University, Adolescent decision making is characterized by emotional and cognitive immaturity, intense peer pressure and heightened attitude toward risk. Their inability to consistently make responsible decisions makes them less blameworthy than adults” (GreenGarageBlog 4). Since there has been so many hints pushing me in the direction of not trusting this blog, I did some research on Mr. Steinberg. When I googled his name, it turns out he is in fact a psychology professor at Temple University. Lawrence Steinberg even has a PH.D in Developmental Psychology, and is also an accomplished author. Learning this made me feel a little better about the information this blog was providing.
Unfortunately, there isn’t enough credibility here, since the blog lacks so many things. It is hard to turn down an article that has all the answers I need, but doing that is better than the risk of using a non-credible source. As appealing to the eye as this was, the lack of information provided plus the constant pop up ads were too much to handle. Previously, there is a chance I would have used an article like this, since it gave such useful information. But now I know this is not a source I should use, and checking these things before using them is vital.