Unit 9: Evaluating the Internet
Lesson 5: Purpose
Consider the purpose of the website you have accessed. Ask yourself the following questions to determine why the site was created.
- What is the purpose of this site?Websites have a wide range of purposes. Is the site’s main goal to advertise, advocate, persuade, entertain, share an opinion, make announcements, or publish scholarship? Is the author trying to convince you to believe something, or objectively explain a concept or idea?
- Does the site have more than one purpose? Some sites have more than one purpose. A website can be simultaneously commercial, informative, educational, entertaining, persuasive, personal, and institutional.
- Who is the intended audience? Is the site geared towards a general audience, students, scholars, or a particular age or cultural group? Websites written for a general audience feature simple vocabulary
and avoid subject specific terms. Scholarly sites contain subject specific language.
- What is the reading level of the site? Is the site easy or challenging to read? Is the information technical or basic? Does the author assume subject knowledge?
- Who designed the site?Is the site professionally designed and logically organized? Was it created by an individual or a team of professionals? Does the site contain many ads or images, or does it primarily contain text?
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