(NYTIMES) - The Internet is the most comprehensive compendium of human knowledge ever assembled, but is its size a feature or a bug? Does its very immensity undermine its utility as a source of information? How often is it burying valuable data under lots of junk? Say you search for some famous or semi-famous person - a celebrity, influencer, politician or pundit. Are you getting an accurate picture of that person's life or a false, manipulated one?
These aren't new questions; they're actually things I've been wondering for about as long as I've been covering the digital world, and the answers keep changing as the Internet changes. But a recent story got me fretting about all this once more. And I worry that it has become more difficult than ever to tune in to any signal amid so much digital noise.