The Problem With The Internet

It’s incredible how much information a person can consume by browsing the Internet. It’s also incredible how much of that information isn’t reliable.

Take, for example, this quote: “The problem with internet quotes is that you can’t always depend on their accuracy.” – Abraham Lincoln, 1864. While I know this is a farce, I have a terrible suspicion that a handful of people actually believe the 16th president uttered these exact words. Seems hard to believe doesn’t it? So does the idea that some people didn’t realize that Titanic wasn’t just a movie, but an actual tragedy in 1912.

Ah, the joys of the Internet. Let’s use another example. Did you know John Mayer died this year? Crazy hey? Guess what? He’s still on tour for his “Born and Raised” album. All you had to do was verify his existence by, oh, I don’t know, realizing that not one single news outlet had the story or that there were pictures of him on tour just as recently as last week.

This brings me to my point. The problem with the Internet is trust. You can’t just Google search something and take the results as fact. You have to dig a little bit and verify the information. It’s frustrating, but necessary.
It also means that I can’t take this story about the CEO of JP Morgan responding to a self-proclaimed “pretty” girl seriously. I did a few quick searches and haven’t found much to verify its authenticity. It’s too bad, because I want this to be true.

It’s examples like these that should make you weary about what you believe on the Internet. Tread carefully.