The internet is a place where a small bit of factual information can be twisted by emotions and exaggerations creating many websites full of misinformation and mythical stories.
I recently asked what do you hate most about technology. I received some great feedback on that question through social media and online forums. I heard many concerns that world of social media is full of cute memes of oversimplified philosophy and famous quotes that can't be referenced. I share the concerns that many people raised in their comments. I will continue to push forward at the Guru42 Universe to cut through all the hype of the various fanboys, and search for the truth.
I have been immersed into my passion of Geek History in recent months, looking for information, and visiting various online forums. Much of what is posted on blogs and forums is often more myth than substance. In a recent post on this blog we discussed our goal at Geek History to expose the myths and misinformation behind urban legends.
Geek History has been an ongoing journey where the more information I find, the more I want to know. The "who invented what" questions get a bit silly at times. People argue over who gets credit for inventing something, who is smarter, who should be called the father of his industry. Very often one or two people get all the glory for the work of many. I look at the evolution of the technology and the inventions and appreciate the many inventors and their accomplishments.
When I try to put the myths and legends into some perspective, it really gets frustrating when some wacko makes comments telling me to do some research. I spend endless hours looking through newspaper and magazine articles trying to find verifiable sources of information, taking the responsibility seriously of not spreading unfounded information. One article on some conspiracy theory website with no sources listed makes a wild claim, gets a few thousand views, and a dozen other sites use that article as a reference.
Call me naive, but I still believe the truth is out there to be discovered and the answers are not some website telling me about intelligent extraterrestrial life and vast government conspiracies.
"With great power comes great responsibility"
I want address the many frustrations that people have with technology. When the question was asked what do you hate most about technology, one theme that came up often was the misuse of technology. People expressed concerns that technology makes us lazy, it was used more as crutch rather than a tool. Many comments told of the unfortunate perceptions of a dark side that could give people a reason to hate technology.
A few years ago I did presentation on the state of technology and the power of the internet using a theme from the popular Spiderman movies, "With great power comes great responsibility. As I reboot the Guru42 Universe, our updated material will stress the power of the internet as a tremendous communications tool to inform and inspire, and the responsibility to deliver a message truthfully with integrity.
At the Guru42 Universe we have a lot of cool content in mind for Guru42.com on the topics of the responsibilities of using the internet wisely and a look at the "wisdom" of technology. Guru42.org will remain our blog for the Guru42 universe, with commentary and the rants of the day from the world of technology.
Let us work together to get beyond the myths and legends and overcome the reasons to hate technology.
Stay strong. Stay curious my friend.
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