A Personal View – April 2014
Supposedly the internet has liberated mankind. It has allowed the dissemination of information and bypassed censorship imposed by the authorities. The posting of video clips exposing nefarious practices & indiscretions has become legendary.
What did it replace? As a medium of communication, the newspaper, had numerous failings, foremost amongst them were lack of immediacy and depth. What it had in its favour was well researched facts. This focus on accuracy was driven by necessity. It was liable to be sued for libel if it got its facts wrong.
How does the internet compare against the traditional information providers?