Are You Google Smart? (“yep I can remove that brain tumor thingy you have… looked it up on Google and a… looks pretty easy.”

A very quite special place I visit. No phones, no internet... just pure nature. 1/100 sec at f/3.5 ISO 233 Canon A640

A very quite special place I visit. No phones, no internet… just pure nature.
1/100 sec at f/3.5 ISO 233 Canon A640

 

Are you Google smart? Or do you really know what you are talking about. I am 49 years old, so I have lived life without internet, mobile phones and even lived without a remote control oscillating fan. (can you believe that, no remote for the fan) But this “Google Smart” as I call it is so perplexing to me. Now if you are a younger person and grew up with the internet and does not know that there was a time when window fans did not come with a remote control, yes there was life without the internet and there were no search engines. Now before you think I am some old guy bitching about change, I have to say “I think Google, Bing and the like are amazing tools that make life a little more easier.” I like anybody will look at traffic on my phone and take a different route. Why not? So what is Google Smart? Google smart are these pathetic people both young and old that use Google and or any search engine as a way to find information and take that found information as “real” information 100% of the time. These for lack of a better word f##ktards are (in my life) the most annoying people to be around. Yes there is an infinite amount of information on the so called “information highway” but it is not all real or correct. Now I know you’re thinking of the last time you went to Youtube to find a video to fix or make something and seen a 14 year old kid showing you how to do it and your end result was, he was pranking you the whole time. In the end you ended up breaking or ruining what it was you were trying to fix. That is what the video was there for… to prank you, same as lighting a bag of dog crap on fire, ringing the door bell and running away.

Even worse is the medical information that people gather from the internet. A long time ago I had a very long conversation with my family doctor, who was also a friend of mine. He left family practice to pursue a career as a Lyme disease specialist and just study that one thing. He had told me he published a paper that was being printed in a medical journal and had been named by the governor of New Jersey to head up and oversee Lyme research. He gave me a link to read the paper he had published and I asked him (jokingly) is this “real” information. That is when the conversation started. I was really just joking, but Doc was serious, sat me down at his computer and started going through web page after page of horribly wrong or misleading medical info. Being naïve at the time, I asked why would someone do this or who would do this. Doc says “hey… it’s the internet anybody can post anything.”

So now cut to almost 15 years later it is still the same, if not worse. The internet revolutionized the world in the way connect with each other as well as the way we find information. So let’s get back to these Google smart idiots. These morons can tell you how to do just about anything, but can “they” actually do it, or have they actually done it, or they just like talking about it to make you think they are so dam smart. Even more annoying is that when you tell them something they have to verify it with Google before they’ll even consider it as real information. In the end there is real life information, living, learning and most of all experiencing life and not just looking something up on Google, reading about it and telling yourself “yep I can remove that brain tumor thingy you have… looked it up on Google and a… looks pretty easy.” “Oh yeah I can fix your car, I’ll just go to Youtube… how hard can that be?”

I have to admit finding info on the net is so much easier than going to a library. But at the same time it was a whole lot harder for someone to put “bad information in the library.” While yes it could be done it was very rare. So as good as the internet is, we suffer the collateral damage of the poor Google Smart souls, just another facet of the Zombie Apocalypse.

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