Hooray for the dumbing of our culture!
I'm still being told in school that using the internet as a resource is not a good way to research information, and that I should go to the library and find a book and look through it for actual research. Why should I do this when many books are cataloged on the internet, and can be referred to much more quickly when I google them as opposed to spending hours searching, copying, highlighting text. Sure, using books to research was all well and good when there was no way of quickly obtaining information, but now that our interwebz! are more advanced, there is no reason not to trust research from websites that can be verified. Now I'm not here to advocate that wikipedia is the most secure form of information on the planet, but when an article has more references from legitimate media than it does text, I feel it is safe to trust. Many teachers suggest that books are more verifiable and must be held accountable in order to be published, but this is utter rubbish. I could go to a publisher, and with enough money, spout off my own ideas/opinions as fact and have a book published, and then refer to that book in a report and not be counted wrong for using it, as it is a published media. But if I write the same thing in a blog, it instantly becomes worthless? The education system in this culture needs to be completely re-worked, and for more reasons than just being forced to use hard media, but that is another rant entirely.