What is information in 2016?
Information… TMI or Good for Society?
The “card catalogs” of days past made it a stretch to get information. It required determination, will and persistence. If you had a deep desire to learn – you’d find your way.
It’s a hyperlink away (supposedly).
Easy information is not always accurate information
The interwebs are great to a degree. The whole hypertext markeup language (HTML) made it easy to “link” things together. In the beginning. When they were honest, accurate articles.
Nowadays, the links may be connected in different ways. To fraudulent articles.
So just because you see an “authority” of some sorts post something – it doesn’t mean it’s actually true just because it’s “printed word.”
“Because I read it” fallacy
I’ve noticed an interesting trend in the past decade.
Most people, because they’ve “read” (or saw) anything anywhere (online, print, even news media on TV), typically think that because it “existed” somewhere, that it is factual and true.
That is the power that entities of perceived “authority” have over ordinary lemmings. They suck it up like crack addicts on their next fix. No need to think about it or question motives or “cui bono?”
Testing theories, abstracts, ideas…
Back in some past day – people were critical thinkers. They’d hold new ideas or information outside for a bit while they “vetted” that new data. They would challenge everything, including “sources” such as “experts” or “scientists.”
They’d want to examine the data, analyze it themselves, run their own experiments, find other sources or whatever could be done to validate or refute any new “claims” that an external entity with suspect motives would make.
Thanks to the internet – fewer people than ever are striving to truly understand things. They type in a quick search and usually believe the first result they get.
Fudging data to push agendas
Isn’t it borderline insanity that so many “studies” are at best useless and unnecessary, or most likely designed to provide so-called “proof” to justify something else?
Like getting funding, or to pass so new “law?”
Everything from pharmaceutical and medical raping and pillaging, to draconian controls on the human population. Most are “backed” by some kind of suspicious “finding” with little debate or long-term observations.
Gun control (because guns kill people all by themselves), speed limits (because driving one mile faster is worthy taking money from you), or even something entirely natural like a plant you no longer can grow on your own property and use only for yourself.
They say “knowledge is power,” but it’s also a dangerous weapon when used by those in control – as well as for those not skilled enough to use it properly.
Related: 15 signs your world is FAKE.