The Internet: Sum of Human Knowledge, or Collection of Scams? by Christine Maddox

Instructional Content

  • One of the most viable sources of information on the Internet is that of instructional design. These videos and materials are based on facts of how to accomplish a specific task. If you wanted to install a water heater, there is only so many ways this can be done correctly. If you can view a video detailing the exact process, it will be evident that the content is correct. If you wanted to change a tire on a car, the nuts will only spin one direction to remove and replace. Content like this is near ultimate truth. The only reason why it may not fit the category of being absolute is because it too can be falsified to create an undesirable outcome. However, false videos are easier to detect with a bit your own common sense. If a tire changing video told you that you needed to stab the new tire with a knife before each nut that is placed on the wheel, you most assuredly wouldn’t do that. If you’re in doubt, move on to the next video or article.
  • The Internet is full of material for everything you could possibly need in this world. In fact, it is possible to accumulate a university education from the sum of the content in question. What you need to do is figure out which bits are knowledge, and which are nothing more than entertaining, annoying, or misleading tidbits of random or deceptive thought. Happy surfing.
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