At the conference in Seattle, Carl Hasler suggested reading the book The Dumbest Generation, which I recently obtained through inter-library loan and skimmed.
One thing that caught my eye, though, was a comment on student use of the internet as a research tool. The researches conducting the test provided students with web sites, and apparently the students were supposed to identify which of the endings of web sites would provide you with better or more accurate resources. The correct answer was supposed to be .edus or .govs.
My "skept-o-meter" rang and I scoffed to myself. "Says who?" was my reaction.
But then I got to thinking. Should I really trust .edus and .govs more than .coms? Maybe at some level, I do give them higher credibility. I would still verify the information, however, and not trust them utterly, or completely. And I can't say that I personally would rate them higher than a .com address, because I would check and need to verify those, too.
What do you think? Are .edus and .gov web sites more trustworthy than .coms?