There’s nothing more frustrating than arguing with your dad and hearing him bark sarcastically, “Oh, you got it from the Internet—how reliable.”
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There’s nothing more frustrating than arguing with your dad and hearing him bark sarcastically, “Oh, you got it from the Internet—how reliable.” The Internet is the world’s largest library, you asshole. Have you been to a local library lately? Any pizza pie of a theory can make it to a printing press. Printing has become so streamlined it’s now possible to do “print runs” of a single copy of one book. And if that’s too much work, email Amazon a Kindle version. Publishing is no harder than commenting on a message board or doing a blog post, and no fool on Earth is talking about such sources when they cite “the Internet.” When we say we got our information from the Internet, it’s assumed we mean peer-reviewed studies, reputable magazine articles and, God forbid, Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is the geezer world’s laughingstock. Since anyone can post a definition, some people think one doofus can discredit the whole thing. In fact, the opposite is true. James Surowiecki’s book The Wisdom of Crowds argues that the sprinting doofuses are quickly trampled beneath the truth marathon we get from mobs of people concerned with facts. Ask one person what to do about your kid’s sore arm, and you’re a negligent parent. Ask a few million people, and the next thing you know you’re performing a full supination on a radial head subluxation. I did it and it saved my family five hours at the ER. In spite of all the flame wars, the Web shows that people can be relied upon to help each other. The Internet is living proof that anarchy works.
We are reminded of this every time Wikipedia’s accuracy is tested. A recent study showed the site was more accurate than most news sources (likely because the media’s “If it bleeds, it leads” mentality puts a premium on fright tactics). Cancer researchers agree it is as authoritative as their own research, and a 2005 study found it nearly as reliable as Encyclopedia Britannica. Take that, old-timer!
This authority in numbers shows up on sites such as Intrade, where people get together to bet on everything from when Israel will bomb Iran to who will be elected to the Senate. In the 2004 presidential elections, users predicted every state’s outcome but Alaska’s. The same alarming accuracy manifests itself over at Hollywood Stock Exchange, where users predicted 32 out of 39 Oscar nominees in 2007. It used to happen over at TradeSports, too, until they were shut down.
Government isn’t fond of group betting sites because they don’t think we’re smart enough to pick the winner. Betting is dangerous because we might spend all our tax dollars on someone else, and Big Brother frowns upon getting together without his permission. Big Brother would be correct in Russia’s case. Running for office there under the slogan, “I will get the Jews out” would result in a sweeping victory. Russia pushed the Jews into the black market for centuries. Banished from the official economy, they created their own. When communism collapsed, the black market was the only market left. Within no time, six of the seven oligarchs controlling 50% of the economy were Jewish. Russia’s answer to this inevitability was, “Get ’em outta here.”
This juvenile worldview is especially apparent in Egypt. When protesters first started throwing sticks and stones, Western liberals rubbed their hands together hoping the ’60s were back. Then they saw the Star of David spray-painted on Mubarak’s face. Then they tried to digest the overwhelming irony of women in headscarves screaming for freedom. Then Americans started getting raped. Now only a bunch of irrelevant tools are denying the Egyptian revolution is anything more than, “Get ’em outta here.”
Let’s play matchmaker and send all our control-freak politicians to places where people actually need to be controlled. Eastern Europe and the Middle East are not evolved enough to have democracy. Let them roam free and we’ll have car races where death-row inmates are forced to kill each other trying to reach the finish line. Westerners haven’t fed anyone to the lions for 1,500 years. Leave us to our own devices, and we’ll match the work of scientific scholars—for free.
For lesser evolved nations, anarchy means chaos. For us, it means cooperation. Free from official restraint, anarchy is a collaborative party where we pin the tail on the truth. We are Crass and they are the Exploited.