A Google search for general information on just about any topic has become
depressingly predictable. The first result, as Nicholas Carr, in All
hail the information triumvirate! relates, is now almost invariably the
Wikipedia entry. Carr writes of how, over a period of a year and a half, he
checked the top results on a more or less random list of ten topics. From the
beginning Wikipedia ranked high among the results, but as of January 2009 it's
now first on all of them. If what we're searching for is a healthy mix of opinion,
it seems that the web, via Google, is no longer the place to look.