Personally, I enjoy those trips down the rabbit hole but.
This morning I read a blog about an editorial write in a big deal newspaper. The title was “Don’t fall Down the Rabbit Hole” and yes, it was about research. Basically saying it is bad, don’t do that, or if you absolutely must, then do it our way. Also, I have a friend who tied falling down a rabbit hole with the Matrix. Which I had to go searching for, to see why. Now I’m somewhat curious to watch that movie.
I’ve always thought of Alice in Wonderland when I mentioned falling down a rabbit hole. There are a lot of lessons to be learned, growth to be made and secrets to discovered in Wonderland. But all of that did not come to Alice, she had to go there, down the hole.
It was down there, where the mysteries awaited. As is true for us. No matter which search engine you prefer, it can be that same rabbit hole drawing you down into a wealth of knowledge. It is up to the one searching, to have the ability to ascertain true from false; fact from fiction. We must have and use our intelligence to know which tunnels lead us to where we really need to go. Like a labyrinth going in many directions but only one being correct, blind alleys and blocked walls. Information and false information lines the pathways before us. it is only through daring to fall down and follow that rabbit hole that we can eventually, through due diligence find truth.
The article said that truth is generally among the first items that will appear in a search. As in anything else in this life, internet searches can be and are manipulated. The article linked here is about voting, but you can apply it to anything: https://www.pnas.org/content/112/33/E4512.
and here is this one, mentioning Google especially, https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/14779960710837623/full/html?skipTracking=true.
So obviously results can be and are manipulated. Used to suit the ways and means of the powers that be. Question on riots, question on politicians, questions on vaccines, questions on any of the tinder box questions of the day? Do your search and see what comes up, but do not stop with the first, second or even third result.
Go deeper. Fall down that rabbit hole and search for truth, it is out there. It may be buried, but it is out there. Don’t use only one search engine, use several. Don’t depend on only the mainstream, well know sites. Seek out the ones that have the needed credentials and proof of knowledge. Most often they speak unbiased, uncensored truth.
Don’t use the excuse, I don’t have time. I know of a long haul truck driver who uses his required break time, and the time before he has no choice but get sleep, to do research. His quest? To find the truth. I know the rabbit holes he has gone down because he sends a roadmap back.
Build a network of sources you trust. Especially if you are seeking to understand current events. Build a network of sources you trust period. It seems that anything and everything is fodder for misinformation now. Almost (?) as if we are being deliberately confused and blinded. If we can’t believe what we see here, how can we possibly believe what we see there?
No matter where we stand on any issue, it is important that we seek truth, the full truth. Not simply the truth others want us to see, but the actual truth. Anything can be radicalized, even when it isn’t. A lot of what is out there, is a fallacy, but presented in such a way it is easily accepted. I remember the saying, ‘if it isn’t the full truth, its a lie’ because it either is or isn’t. A little white lie, is still a lie. One little white lie won’t hurt, but it does. How do you retain trust for the one telling, where is the boundary? How do you know after the first, when will be the next?
Lies, partial truths, misinformation, false information, deliberate manipulation are all tools of those who seek control. They don’t have to be politicians, they can be your boss at work, a friend you know, or even a family member.
We need to stop being easy. We need to stop being lazy. We need to stop being lead by the nose to the slaughter. We need to stop walking up to the edge of the rabbit hole and having someone poke us and say”Its dark down there, you don’t want to go” and we walk away, still blind and ignorant of the truth that waits.
Alice fell down the rabbit hole, but once there she showed her bravery and intelligence. She grew with each lesson. Muttering, “Curiouser and curiouser” but she walked on, strengthening and growing in understanding as she went. In the end, defeating her foe. Her journey a wild one, meeting an odd assortment of characters.
Such is life. We journey forward if we dare, meeting a wild assortment of people and events. It is then and there, we learn who we are, the truth around us, and…we find ways to defeat our foe.
All while daring to detour down the rabbit hole, the one this writer said to avoid: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/opinion/fake-news-media-attention.html Don’t do your research in any way other than what we say. Don’t go down the rabbit hole seeking answers, you aren’t capable of ascertaining what is truth from fallacy, fact from fiction, real news from fake.
Personally, the article made me feel insulted.Personally, I enjoy those trips down the rabbit hole. There is much to be learned and adventures to be had. Truth to be ascertained. And I don’t find it dark at all.