Ever since the release of AOL,
the internet has been an emotional feedback device.
I remember the old University dominated usenet newsgroups
and how one could find actual leading authorities
who would comment on their own work.
Then a great swarm of illeducated, demanding, self important civilians
began to overwhelm the signal to noise ratio.
Every time, the offender had @aol.com
at the end of their email address.
Slowly the experts began to retreat into silence.
To this day there is no way to tell if that
brilliant legal advice just came from
a 14 year old in their dads
account or not.
So what have all these opinions contributed to the information super highway that
they destroyed with their sound and fury? The deeply felt feeling that
all our emotional guidance comes from technology.
The thing that makes ATS a beacon in this sea of darkness
is that it has chosen cool calm skepticism as it's
emotion du jour.
Google has a lot of information.
But it provides almost zero knowledge.
The difference between knowledge and information
is that information changes. Where as knowledge does not.
edit on 10-10-2011 by davidgrouchy because: (no reason given)