The other day I spent some time doing research online. It didn’t take long for me to find the information that I wanted. Yet, when I tried to verify the information I ran into trouble. Each site after that contained similar and dissimilar information. It was a bit like this:
- Site A said that X was true.
- Site B said that X was partially true but G was more true
- Site C said that G was completely false, X was more true, but H was correct
- Site D claimed that X was not only false but so were G and H
- Site E claimed that X, G, and H were true but not proven by any federal agency, so they were not to be trusted
- Site F had items listed that proved Site E’s “expert” was wrong
That’s not to mention all of the people who took time to comment on the various sites. Several of them claimed to be “experts” and disputed or confirmed the information presented by the site. It got frustrating and confusing really fast. Another interesting part was that very few sites cited any sources for their facts. Several of them when their “facts” were checked with a simple search found the complete opposite of their claim to be true, or that their “fact” didn’t exist at all except on that article. At the end of it all it only reinforced my theory that 90% of everything online could be considered gibberish. The rest of it should be taken with a grain of salt, especially if they don’t list any references to their “facts”.
Judging Information Sources (https://roseylinn.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/judging-information-sources/)