We might never know how much the Internet is hiding from us

In the abstract, the question is almost impossible to answer but there is reason to suspect that some sort of suppression is happening all the time online because of three reasons.

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(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.

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