No, The Internet Is Not Bad For Science; Bad Research Is Bad For Science
from the watch-where-you-place-that-blame dept
Wired has an article discussing the assertion published in the journal Science (not online at the moment) claiming that the internet is bad for science, because researchers just do some searches online and get the most popular hits or the most recent hits, and fail to dig deeper or look at older research. Of course, that’s placing the blame on the wrong party. The problem isn’t the internet: it’s people who do bad research on the internet. If you use the internet as one tool of many in doing your research, and make sure to follow up on reading the actual research and following through on the citations, then the internet can be quite useful. I know I’ve found that in doing some recent economics research. Being able to search online, in addition to through some print journals, resulted in finding some additional useful research I wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Of course, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that a journal whose history is paper-based would push out an article trashing the internet for research.