The internet society
Posted by aogSaturday, 27 December 2003 at 10:20 TrackBack Ping URL

I ws reading somewhere (sorry, lost the link) that for much of the younger generation these days, if something isn’t on the Internet then it’s either not real or not important. Part of that is that the kids spend a lot of time on the Internet and part is normal laziness (it’s much easier to find things in Google than trundle down to the library).

What I’ve noticed, though, is that this tends to apply to use old folks as well. I’ve noticed that I’m reluctant to write or comment on things if there aren’t link available. It’s not just that I need the easy access to the information but both of my readers do. I, personally, am suspicious of writers who make claims without any links as sources. This makes me reluctant to make cites without references as well.

I think that the expectation of cites and sources is a wonderful thing. It will make much of the shoddy work that passes for intellectualism harder to achieve. I’m sure that the intellectuals will blather on about “gatekeepers” and whatnot, but of course one of the great things about the Internet is the low barrier to publishing. It’s the current gatekeepers who are rightly worried about the coming Brave New World.