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Friday, April 21, 2006

Technophobia: Luddites in the Media and Education

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I have to rant against the mainstream media and education establishment. Most of the people in these institutions are luddites (those who don't adapt to technology) and anti-technology snobs. In their opinion, only what academics and 'experts' say and write can possible be valid.

Well listen here, you technophobes,

Wikipedia is an acceptable source, so long as the article has been reviewed. Granted, political propaganda might slip in, but Britannica and co.'s editors also have their own views which likely affect their publication, though I grant you it may not be as evident as on Wikipedia (though you could argue that makes it insidious). And here is the rest of it.

Bloggers can have relevant insight, and are often better informed than your own so-called 'experts,' who really just amount, more often than not, to retired talking heads.

Websites are valid resources, even if you've never heard of the author before, and the author isn't some recognized scholar. Entirely web-based bibliographies and works cited pages can be valid, and will often in fact show a more targeted, relevant research. This is because the relevancy of search results returned by Google's algorithms is exponentially greater than the relevancy of anything you'll find in a regular library. Even if there is no editing process for most websites, the democratic nature of the internet means that websites with crappy content won't turn up at the top of search results, because no one will link to them.

REALIZE: THE AVERAGE WRITER PUBLISHING MATERIAL ON THE INTERNET HAS A BRAIN! MOST WEB PUBLISHERS ARE NOT JUST WRITING FOR THE SAKE OF PROPAGANDIZING OR FOOLING PEOPLE WITH ERRONEOUS INFORMATION.

Bloody technophobes...

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