Currently Google is the most popular website in the world with over 40,000 search queries every second, meaning that nowadays most people have easy and quick access to information on almost any topic you can think about. But does this mean that the internet now is a less reliable source of information compared to when it first started?
Google was created and made accessible in 1998, when there were far fewer webpages than there are today.
This is a screenshot of how many websites were online as of February 2nd 2016. With all of these resources out there, how can we know what is and isn’t reliable information? The internet was initially set up by the military as a means of communication and research (and to beat other countries in the space and arms race) and back then we can assume the information being sent was fairly reliable, seeing as there were very few sources from which to access it. In this day and age we constantly see new webpages being set up, all with different information to show things in different lights. With websites such as Wikipedia being written by anyone who has access, is it safe to assume that the research and information we have today is less reliable than when the Internet was new? Has the influx of users and creators who provide information over the Internet lead to us having a dilution of true and dependable material?
For now I leave you with this image and will let you decide whether the Internet’s spread of information is as trustworthy as we would like.