Google University

Kevin Drum:

In a way, Google is an intellectual amplifier: it makes smart people smarter, but it also makes dumb people dumber, since a naive Google search can easily lead you to information that’s actually less useful than knowing nothing. In other words, don’t throw out your books quite yet.


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  1. McGehee says:

    It needed to be said.

  2. Paul says:

    Now he’s blaming google?

  3. bryan says:

    case in point, searching for Bush AWOL and coming up with Drum’s site.

  4. melvin toast says:

    Stupid people don’t read books.

  5. Randall says:

    Drum’s wisdom speaks for itself.
    With or without Google he remains one of those whose opinion is worse than knowing nothing.