After years of people saying “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet”, someone has finally undertaken to find out if most stuff on the internet is true or not. The study, which was performed in accordance with some scientific practices, has come back with the definitive conclusion that almost everything is true, including the contents of comment threads. Whereas for a long time now unnamed anecdotal sources have claimed that the internet is full of unattributed paranoid nonsense, the people behind this new investigation have shown that this is simply not the case at all. Detractors have often warned that the low barrier to asserting opinion on the web inevitably leads to crackpots and narrow self-interest dominating the discussion. But, as the highly qualified experts behind this research-heavy analysis have found, this is a complete and utter falsehood. They cleverly point out that there is a barrier to putting stuff on the Internet, which can be $0.99 or even more sometimes for a domain name, and the web hosting is not guaranteed to be free the first year, though it usually is. Aspiring information distributors may also need some rudimentary coding skills, or at least to have used a computer device before, and also must have internet access, which can cost money or require them to go to somewhere that has free wifi. This, say the astute assessors behind this deliberation, serves as a protection against bad actors, in the same way that the cost of medical school or the seven to ten years required to gain a PhD prevents non-serious people from becoming medical doctors in hospitals or academic professors in the places where they tend to accumulate. They found there are some ways to spread information on the internet without investing money, but these are invariably self-policing platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter, that pride truth and accuracy above all else. When asked what they feel is the primary implication of their findings, they say that “we urgently need to do something about all these insidious chemtrails”.
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