Technology And Information : Slippery Slope

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Technology and Information: a slippery slope from knowledge to misinformation 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 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 making 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 quality information. Tactics like using google scholar, filtering for .govs and .orgs, and staying away from Wikipedia

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