The Internet has ushered in a wave of knowledge. More was written in 2012 then in all of human history up to that point. Great thinkers and scholars have produced much more than ever, along with scientists, statesmen, and innovators. Those who have been producing online information at an even faster rate, though, are spammers, automated programs, and those on social media who update about toenail paintings. Yet there are sources of pure online information you can pursue. Below, I highlight a few of them.
The first source of online information is blogs. Those who are blogging generally have something interesting to say, regardless of topics. Whether the subject is politics, poetry, feng shui or international postal agreements, there is plenty of blog info for you to enjoy. Many blogs even have a comment section that is rich in comments. Be careful what you post, though, as blogger news and gossip spreads like wildfire.
The second source of online information are wikis. Wikis, named after the Hawaiian word for quick, are open source information platforms that anyone can edit. While this sounds like a dangerous source of online information, this is actually very safe in practice. Scholars and ordinary citizens can contribute information, aided by thousands of information junkies who volunteer to police wikis. When there is vandalism, such as with a politically sensitive topic, these volunteers quickly eliminate it.
Finally, the purest form of online information are online articles. These articles are like their print counterparts, which are well cited and often peer reviewed. Unlike their print counterparts, these articles do not live in a library. Rather, they are accessible from anywhere. Many require a pay wall, yet some do not. Either way, the Internet has created more of these online information articles than ever before.
Much online information is garbage. Much is also very pure. The trick is distinguishing between the two. Figuring out the best forms of online information can lead you to education and long term happiness.