...these authorities may be named information masters, and the people who need to be informed may be called information slaves, because they are dependent on the master's resources to become well informed. This inequality of informing resources results in opinion-influencing power of the masters, from which it is difficult for slaves to emancipate.After the dramatic language near the start of the article, straightforward source evaluation techniques are framed with Hegelian dialectic. I prefer simplicity to the 17-step flow chart in the article. On the other hand, it's possibly that I'm eliminating important steps when I boil things down to a handful of steps for myself and for students.
I like one step of his method that I don't use or teach enough. The step is to formulate an antithesis, the mortal enemy of your thesis, and to look for and evaluate information supporting the antithesis. That step could counteract confirmation bias.