The biggest problem I’ve noticed online is the escalating proliferation of nonsense that many proclaim as facts. The real fact is that anyone anywhere can write anything online at any time and boldly proclaim that what they’ve written is the truth. They then provide endless links to bolster their claims, while claiming the links to also be the truth and therefore prove their point(s), when those links are actually just to others who also hold no real credentials but who have bigger followings than the first writer who added the link to them. The first writer conflates the link author’s large number of followers with factual credence when nothing could be further from the truth.
A large number of followers does not equal credence with any authority! And yet to many keyboard warriors the large numbers of followers lend credibility to someone who is actually quite undeserving. Hence all the noisy quacks online spouting misinformation all the time. There is no scholarship involved, no value placed in regular book reading by real scholars, no offline education that demonstrates any real credibility, but rather shows only the loads of dubious Googling and shouting about debunking and then discrediting those who actually do the real work, the real work of book study and scholarship that provide actual credible and credentialed citations by other scholars.
Anyone anywhere at any time can write anything online and call it anything and people will buy it and think it’s the truth just because they read it online. So few look further than online. They do not look for the books written by the reputable scholars on the topics they’re interested in. They don’t seem to think it’s necessary because they seem to think they have everything they need online. And that is the crux of the problem. So many of them have never subjected themselves to a scholarly discipline. They don’t know what it means to follow through on a particular field of study and how disciplined one must be to meet its completion.
It takes a great deal of time and humility and commitment, none of it is instant like Google, it is rather a long and arduous process of realization, a realization acquired through deep book study and scholarly discussion with qualified mentors, the deepest realization that no true scholarship exists in a vacuum. “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” And so, obviously, many opinions stated as truth online have no real or truthful foundation
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