Conspiracy theories are attractive to people who have a hard time making sense of a complicated world and little patience for boring, detailed explanations.
Libraries, or at least their reference and academic sections, once served as a kind of first cut through the noise of the marketplace. The Internet, however, is less a library than a repository where anyone can dump anything. In practice, this means that a search for information will rely on algorithms usually developed by for-profit companies using opaque criteria. Actual research is hard and often boring. It requires the ability to find authentic information, sort through it, analyze it, and apply it. But why bother with all that tedious hoop jumping when the screen in front of us presents neat and petty answers in seconds?
-Tom Nichols ‘How America Lost Faith in Expertise And Why That’s a Giant Problem’ Foreign Affairs