The Democratization of Knowledge / Wikipedia

In class on Monday we discussed how the top review on something is always a negative one. The more I think about it, it makes so much sense. When we are looking for a review on a hotel room or a restaurant, we want to see what the bad reviews are before we look at the good ones. We want to make sure these places a e gold customer service, or that they aren’t infested with bugs. On the other hand, it is important to keep in mind that not everything we read on the internet is true.  Take Wikipedia for example, anyone and everyone can enter information on a topic. I know personally I have gotten into some issues in high school whenever I used Wikipedia as a source and it as something completely wrong. It can go both ways, either someone messed up their facts or some goof twelve year old kid decided to mess with the article. People have become so dependent on finding information on the internet that they believe anything. People even lie about themselves on dating sites. We live in a time where we can get as much information we want at the tip of our fingers. In class we got into the debate over if the internet has made our generation lazy, and for the most part I want to agree. My dad was always saying how when he looks something up, he remembers it better when he had to look for it in a book as opposed to typing it into Google. Having the freedom to access information, even when most of us have smartphones, has changed the way people learn things completely. We may be learning new things, but at the same time, are we also losing the old ones? People can’t sit in a room and talk to each other anymore. Their faces are constantly buried in their phones.

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