Yesterday I posted a comment on another blog. I decided to post my comment here and if it proves intriguing enough please visit the original post. [freegovinfo]
Despite the “democratization” of search, information needing industries still employ professionals: librarians, information managers, researchers, etc. The need for reliable and quality information exists now as much as it did in the early 1990s. Moreover, online information is locked up in the deep web and databases that Google doesn’t have access to. Information for which universities, business, and other organizations pay billions of dollars. I appreciate Google for what it can and can’t do. However, the idea that Google has democratized reliable and quality information is a farce. Also the idea that the untrained individual can be a skilled searcher through only Google is a farce.