A decade long study into the development of Internet information distribution has revealed that more than 99% of everything you see was made up on the spot.
Where dictionaries and encyclopedias once contained unbiased, well-researched material, the place that most people turn to for the same kind of information today is often written with haste in order to meet deadlines, and is often a complete distortion of the facts.
One control group was given a list of 50 informational articles, along with a 25 hour deadline and a list of acceptable sites to model the articles on. Another control group was given the same thing. The first group adhered to the idea of proper article writing but fell consistently behind schedule, and the second group finished the articles ahead of time and requested an increase in the quota.
The real surprise came when the two sets of articles were compared, however. The first group tended to be relatively correct with only small errors, as would be realistically expected. The second group submitted work that was often completely off topic, and occasionally completely deviant of the existing facts.
The final result, according to researchers, is that more and more information is being generated at faster speeds, but it has less value. "What it all comes down to," the lead researcher commented, "Is whether we want a digital future full of useful information, or whether we are comfortable with people in the future actually believing that Florida lies just off the coast of Antarctica."