You probably think that the Internet has become a boring, repetitive, bleak landscape that is poisoning your mind. The only thing it is good for now is for conspiracy theorists to have a place where they can plant their seeds for future sheep to follow. If it is not about that then it seems to be 24/7 COVID. The Internet is just not useful anymore!
Hogwash, it’s what you look at that makes the Internet what it is.
Now I don’t say that everything you look at is of your own choosing, but it likely started out that way. Every time you click “Allow” someone puts a cookie on your computer to get more of the same. Thanks to folks like Google, who sell what you click to others, you are often bombarded with much of the same. Remember that “Terms of Service” agreement you automatically clicked to get an app, or when signing up for a social media account? If you actually read that agreement, and I don’t image there is a person on earth who actually has, you agreed to be fodder for annoying things to appear on your Internet browser screen today.
There are so many “news sources” out there that do nothing but seek hits, so they can make more money. Truth is irrelevant to them. The more clicks they get the more they make. They are not concerned about truth, they only want your click. Ironically, the search engines just can’t seem to tell you anything about the sources they point you to.
Sadly many of the more reputable source of information are metering their users to a very limited number of free articles per month making it harder to obtain information that stands a chance of expressing an alternative viewpoint. To read those sites you gotta pay up front. But, isn’t the information you use to make daily decisions on just about everything worth it?
My major source of daily information comes from the New York Times. Yes, I pay $4/month for that feed. NYT is one of the few places where I feel I can get some good old-fashioned, unbiased, fact base, double-checked, in-depth news. They diligently parse though what they carry to determine its truthfulness. Are they perfect? Of course not, but they at least try.
I also pay a $5/month subscription to “The Medium” website. I have been using them for a couple of years now to glean information about some of the topics I have interests in. These include: hearing loss, autism, psychology, history, and several others.
These organizations have many people who give us what we need to know. They need to be paid for their talents. They can’t work for free, any more than you can. Support them and be vigilant in where you get your news, and you will discover that the Internet is what you make it to be. I can’t imagine I would ever go back to the dusty card files in the local library to get what I need about today’s world.