Google is an amazing tool to use; there are many instances when you want to know those varied and random things like what are the chemical constituents of paper, or how many films has Christopher Walken appeared in. There are, however, many people who have started to speak out against the ‘spoon-feeding’ of information.

There is nothing inherently wrong with having instant access to search engines and large databases (if anything its pretty good); but, like libraries, the real skill is knowing how to use it properly. Know that internet sources are always sketchy and up for scrutiny. Even major journals are subject to hurrendous articles: consider for example, an article in The Lancet, whereby a link between Autism and the MMR vaccine was made.

Sometimes if you say something enough times, people might believe you. Sometimes, if someone you trust says something, or someone older, someone perceived as wider, or someone who says something convincingly, we may be prone to believing it. Be warned of a philistine ‘video’ generation. I am quite tired of people who are not willing to mine hard for their information. Then again, I suppose, when you think that all the information is on the first result of a search engine, you may feel that it is not worth or even conceivable that hard work is necessary anymore.

There is a sense in which people should learn how to be internet-savvy, more cynical, more critical, and most importantly, less lazy and more vigilant about their information.



2 thoughts on “Spoonfeeding

  1. Horrendous indeed, if you infer that it did by definition create waves of fear, shock and panic in the population. It also gave people an opportunity to question a lot of what they are expected to believe by social institutions, the health service in particular having given us several tragic outcomes over the last century from the use of supposedly safe medicine – thalidomide being the most obvious example.
    One statement I can safely make about your case in point, from a place of scientific fact, is that once absorbed into the tissues, mercury is almost impossible for the body to excrete and is stored primarily in neural tissue. Mercury toxicity can cause symptoms similar to autism in some cases. The majority of vaccines (not just mmr) are created using a solution containing mercury as a preservative. This leads one to question the safety and sensibility of offering vaccines to babies from 6 weeks of age, especially when the immune system takes several years to develop naturally. I wonder how much of the recent epidemic in allergies and auto-immune disease such as psoriasis, rheuamtism etc can be linked to the rise in early infancy vaccination disrupting natural immune development. There are however, few studies relating to that question.
    The wonderful thing about having access to so much immeditately available information from such varied sources, is it does give one an opportunity to sift through an infinite variance of opinion, and some facts as well if you are lucky! It is frightening to consider most people just believe, quote and plagiarise the contents of the first page of results, but it is up to the individual to guage the sincerity, honesty and motives of each author for themselves before drawing conclusions.

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