Some folks would have you believe that every question can be answered in a few minutes thanks to the power of Google and Wikipedia. There are dozens of Facebook pages proclaiming the power of tools like Google and Wikipedia to do your homework.
Ah, if only life were that simple.
Putting Google and Wikipedia into perspective
Wikipedia can be a great place to start to begin to learn about something, to get a few ideas, It should not be your only place to gather information.
Wikipedia is a collective of information created by volunteers. Sometimes the folks creating the information have their own agenda.
Google Search is the most used search engine on the World Wide Web, Because the term “google” has become a word in the English language to describe a common action, do we assume that the answers it finds are always accurate?
Whether it is idle curiosity, just for fun, or a high school homework assignment, no matter what type of information you are looking for, always have multiple sources. Take a moment to look at the credibility of the source.
The truth is out there
If you ever receive an email, or see a Facebook post that asks you do something like click on the link, stop before you click. There are sites like snopes.com that are devoted to separating the fiction and facts when it comes to hoaxes, urban legends, and misinformation. A quick search on Snopes.com may save you the embarrassment of clicking on a link that spams your friends.
There are also sites like the Straight Dope that describes itself as “Fighting ignorance since 1973 (it’s taking longer than we thought)” and factcheck.org, which deal primarily with political claims, but serve to set the record straight on misinformation.
Should I believe anything on the evil Internet?
The internet doesn’t take sides, it gives birth to both good and evil. Recent hoaxes on the internet should serve as a warning to use a little caution in filtering the information that you see on the internet.
The internet is our collective mind, it is our collective soul. The internet is just a mirror, a reflection. If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, what do you do? Some people break the mirror, others change what’s being reflected.
The power of the internet
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