The Global Spread Of Information

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Since the invention of the world wide web in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee, the global spread of information has become increasingly easy, as more and more resources become available online. The internet can be a useful tool in research and a great way to accumulate valuable information and knowledge, and can be a medium used to spark intelligent and meaningful discussions, but only if used correctly. Poor navigation of the surplus of content available online can lead to a sinkhole of inaccurate and, frankly, bullshit sources. Attempts at academic communication via online sources can devolve into echo rooms or mindless, childish retorts. Technology, namely the internet, has become an important and present part of our lives, both socially and academically. When doing research for a class, a trek to the library is no longer a necessity, as a whole plethora of information is available at our fingertips. Books, newspapers, and articles that were once only available in print can now be found with a few clicks of the keyboard. Although critics would claim that this wide availability of information is makes it near impossible to locate credible sources, there are plenty of ways to assure the quality of the content received. By the time they’re in high school, most students are aware of how to find good information. Tactics like using google scholar, filtering for .govs and .orgs, and staying away from wikipedia are all fairly successful ways to help assure that the information you 're getting is viable. Library databases are also useful tools in separating the fact from the phony. This method of selective and thoughtful research is not used by all internet users, however, and the spread of misinformation online is rampant. As t... ... middle of paper ... ...ite match up to it’s headline, most people just read the headline and the first two or three sentences before moving on and don’t necessarily get the satirical aspect, which can cause unnecessary controversy or unrest. The comment sections for these articles, and even for some that are slightly more trustworthy, more often than not, devolve into mindless chatter and name calling. Participants will ignore other arguments, however valid, and attack anyone who thinks differently from them. These types of people, however, exist in real life debates as well. The internet is full of misinformation, lies, and disagreeable people, but so is real life. Online is only a recreating of how we find and process information in real life. If used correctly, and browsed with a critical eye, it can be a powerful tool to aid in the development and spread of knowledge around the globe.
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