Is the internet making us dumber?
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February 13th, 2013, 10:57 AM
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: New York, USA
I don't really think the Internet makes you dumber per se, but if you read too many biased websites with "facts" that are unsubstantiated or taken out of context, then I do see a problem. For example, you can seem ignorant if you get your facts from something like a tabloid. Also see if the site is respected by people doing research. For example, the various anti-Muslim websites on the Internet are not considered reputable, and it's made worse by the fact that they play into stereotypes.
Analyze a page to see if there's something that doesn't seem right. For example, Conservapedia assumes that socialism and communism are the same thing, when in fact they are two separate ideologies. The same article has a picture of Adolf Hitler, which is not appropriate for an article on socialism (after all, Hitler opposed socialism). If an article includes bits of information that aren't necessary, then it's probably not good. The aformentioned site talks about creationism and Noah's Ark in an article about kangaroos. Keep in mind that I can't think of anything religious about kangaroos. It's like if someone was writing an article on a discovery in geology and they felt the need to insert comments about abortion. I liken it to getting a grade for a school report - you can lose points if you include irrelevant information. Also, do not buy into websites that promote conspiracy theories, such as claims that Barack Obama is a Muslim or that 9/11 was an inside job. If the writer of an article expresses sympathy for conspiracies, then they are probably a quack.
If you're looking up information, you should be careful as to whether the site is a reputable source or not. Even Wikipedia can be inaccurate due to the editing nature.
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