I love this meme, and others like it with Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and so forth. The internet is certainly littered with information. The challenge is how to decide what information is real and what is bogus.
Take for instance the day I recalled how much I liked my wrist rocket as a kid. I hopped on the web and found fantastical claims about slings that didn't need wrist braces and would shoot 30% faster than my old wrist rocket with only half the draw weight using these things called "flat bands". Pretty amazing, almost shocking! But also intriguing! Especially when I dug a bit deeper and found that fascinating topic that is tapers.
So I looked around and noticed that several independent people were making the same claims and that several independent people were also posting results from tests. So while amazing, it looked like it might be legit, even though I found it on web. Either that or it was a cabal of liars, or a gaggle of delusional lunatics, or.... But I was still intensely interested nonetheless.
After digging a bit deeper I found not only claims and information from tests, but also some cool descriptions of this flat elastic which came in several varieties, an interesting history that included the evolution of these varieties (like from TBG to current elastics) and some "sciency" discussion of how these gains were possible- like the engineering discussion behind surface area to volume ratio of bands as the explanation for why bands out perform tubes, the explanations for why tapers do better than straights, the explanation why extended draws perform better than short draws (longer power stroke), etc..
From there I went on to actually get some of the stuff and do some testing myself. One of top ten best things I've done in the past decade!
So after some critical thinking, I arrived at the wonderful conclusion that the corner of the web known as "the slingshot forum" actually contains a wealth of valid, true, and useful information! Even though I found it and have only seen it on the web.
Sort of the way I approach the rest of the web. Not believing or disbelieving without first asking, pondering, kicking the tires, thinking critically, etc. And being the way I am, craving numbers and facts over opinions no matter how "expert" they are or how closely they align with mine.
The web is really no different from the radio, tv, or coffee shop counter. Just a whole lot bigger. All places will contain a lot of information and claims. Some of them will be real and valid, some of them not so much. And whether it be the radio, diner counter, or the web, it is up to the user to learn how to sift it or end up being a sucker for it.