Does the openness or democracy of the web increase the distribution of useful information or inaccurate, foolish, and biased information?
Professor Dr. Robert Culver
December 7, 2012
When we talk about whether the web gives out the distribution of useful information it depends on where you pull the information from. Let’s take blogs for example, people that write blogs are basing it off their own opinions and what they believe in. Some blogs are extremely informative while some just do not make any sense. Most blogs provide news and their insights and others are just gossip and nonsense. People need to apprehend that bloggers are opinionated. ...view middle of the document...
So many people turn to Wikipedia and Google to retrieve information about what is going on in today’s world. However, this process is open to manipulation. The issue is the uncertainty of reliability in the information on the Internet. Is enough being done to teach people how to use the Web intelligently? Staff and other users edit information when it is inaccurate on Wikipedia only after publishing; unlike in traditional media where editing comes before publication. While experts write some wiki entries, people with no expertise in the subject matter contribute others, and it is difficult or impossible for unwary readers to tell the difference. Nevertheless, at the same time this could be useful information it’s the 21st century it can be difficult without search engines, we need search engines to query about some topic or subject in school but like I stated earlier all users have to beware of what they come up with from using their sources. Some argue that hundreds of people can write or edit articles some of these articles are biased and one sided there are discouraging information on the web anywhere from Quack medical cures, Distorted history errors, anywhere from test and essays you can even put a makeup topic on the internet and people will believe it or try to do it. Honestly speaking, search engines are replacing librarians and even index cards I cannot recall when I went to library did I even see filing cabinets where they keep those index cards. It’s so easy to sit down with your device (phone laptop or tablet) and Google...