The Internet is a fantastic tool for all sorts of purposes. It allows access to immense quantities of information by anyone with a PC and a phone line. Overall, it's hugely useful. But (and I realise this is not a new whinge) does anyone else find it irritating that good information is swamped by dross? This has been brought home to me by a couple of discussions right here on Netrider. Having limited time and opportunity for research elsewhere, I've turned to the "information superhighway" for information to bolster a point, only to find a dearth of untainted data. Example 1. When discussing 9/11 conspiracy theories, I went looking for information on the collapse of steel framed buildings. I know such information exists and existed long before 9/11. I first came across references to the subject 25 years or more ago and those references indicated that knowledge of the phenomenon was old then, with a number of citations for further study by the reader. However, even the most intense googling with many keyword variations simply turned up several million 9/11 conspiracy theory sites and an only marginally lesser number of anti conspiracy theory sites. The whole subject of the collapse of steel framed buildings is, in the on-line world, now viewed through the prism of a single event, with almost no acknowledgment of anything prior to September 11th 2001. Example 2. Hunting for something to back up a claim that single volcanic events have measurable effects on the climate at huge distances from the event. Again, I've seen this stuff decades ago before climate became a fashionable issue. I'm 99% certain it exists and that it's not the goblin in my head talking. Again though, every reference I could find online (admittedly with limited time available) was on a site with an axe to grind one way or the other in the climate change debate. In the end time constraints led me to settle for a site that was, at least, from an academic institution but which was still less than ideal. Yes, I know that there are on-line sources of academic papers but all those that I've found so far charge a fee and I'm sufficiently mature that "winning" an argument isn't worth so much to me that I'm prepared to pay cash to achieve that end :grin: . Now I know that none of this leaves me any worse off as regards access to information than I was 15 years ago when I'd have had to toddle off to my local university library or similar to obtain academic texts, but it pisses me off that the potential of the net is being wasted on p0rn, shopping and pub-talk (not that I'm averse to any of those, particularly if motorcycles are involved in the latter two :grin: ). It's just sad that good and useful information is submerged beneath the wackos and the barrow pushers.