‘Questioner’ came back to continue his debate with Bowman about rights of individuals. See today’s comment under “Kudo’s to the Court…”
It’s amazing the changes that have happened over a few short years. The amount of information available to the common person and the ability of that same person to make his voice heard have caused a sea-change in how we live our lives.
I can remember when doing a research paper for school entailed long trips to the library, scouring many different books that may just happen to mention in passing the topic I was interested in. Now I can do much more intensive research on topics that interest me in a few short hours. I many ways I envy the school children of today.
What will it mean for the future credulity of the public at large when most urban legends can be checked in a few seconds as snopes.com? I would like to believe that this availability of knowledge to almost anyone of almost any means will herald an end to general ignorance of the public at large on a whole host of issues. Unfortunately with human nature as it is I question how much of this will come to pass. What are the effects of ignorance and apathy? Snopes.com has been around for many years and is extremely easy to use yet I still get emails relating to one urban legend or another with regularity no matter how many snopes links I send out. Read the rest of this entry »