General Information and the Internet


The internet has engineered an information explosion. This means that it has provided easy access to general knowledge to all. Some argue that people have stopped acquiring general knowledge because of the internet and have allowed Google and other well known search engines to act in place of their own memories. The internet has become a place where knowledge is freely available and has increased the availability of information to all. The printing press caused a revolution in information distribution and ushered in the era of the renaissance and resulted in the Protestant revolution. The internet increased the availability of general knowledge on a global scale with a greater level of accessibility than the printing press. One must use the internet as an accessory to general knowledge and not as a substitute for memory. One must also remember that the internet gives an overview of a subject and is not a substitute for specialist opinions or services. For example one must not seek answers to medical problems solely on the general information available on the internet. It cannot be a substitute for examination and diagnosis by a medical practitioner. Another example is travel. One needs to know their exact destination while travelling and should not rely solely on directions on the internet. Two places could have the same name but may be located in two different geographical locations. The internet is a handy accessory to general knowledge. It helps customers become informed purchasers. It also helps people access the basic information on any subjects quickly and easily. Those who refer to the internet for a general overview on subjects can then take an informed approach in performing a certain task. The internet has many scams and it is important to careful evaluate the general information available online. By combining commonsense and internet information one can become correctly informed before performing any task in the world today.

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