Swinburne Online, Reflective Essay Writing

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My chosen topic for this assessment is the Westboro Baptist Church. My objective is to learn about the church and get an insight of a former member. My chosen online resources included Reddit and Youtube, as my two social media platform; Wikipedia and the group’s website as the two informational site I used to research on this topic.
The Wikipedia page on Westboro Baptist Church (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church) gave me a good basis for my topic. I chose this informational site as it contained current information, historical background about the group, with links referencing current news articles and media coverages on the church. It also assisted me in identifying the group’s official informational site,
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The thread gave me a brief insight of how she became a member of Westoboro and her reasons for leaving. To elaborate further, I then turned to a Youtube video (http://youtu.be/6Yte-hnfyt0) contained in Lauren’s Youtube page where she posted a video of an interview she had participated in last year. In this video she validates most of the information I learnt from Wikipedia, Westboro and Reddit.
As for Metzger, I evaluated the credibility of the Wikipedia page via its currency (last updated on the 17th of November 2014), the comprehensive information contained on the website and the lists of other online resources it draws its information on. Whilst the page does not confirm the author and his/her level of credential, I relied on the Fritch and Cromwell (2001, 2002) model as a second evaluation method, whereby Wikipedia is reputed to be a good source of information by way of affiliation and global judgment of internet information. The Westboro group website fits the Metzgers Framework perfectly, the information contained in the website is comprehensive, current with the latest press releases, the website is promoted by the group itself, whilst information is biased it is without commercial intent. The groups website also has contact details, activity information, video links and is written for the purpose that is to convey the groups objective and beliefs.
I found the two social media platforms harder to evaluate than the

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