Thursday, January 28, 2010

Something else ...

... to worry about: Democratic, but dangerous too: how the web changed our world. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

It can be said of the Web what Lichtenberg said of certain books, that they are like mirrors, and if an ape peers in an angel won't be seen peering back. Thanks to the Web we no longer need to take information sources at their word; we can undertake to do some cross-checking. And we are finding out that ... we can't always take information sources at their word. Things are so not because someone says they are, but because they can be independently verified.

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