Information is at a high peak to the cause of the knowledge evolution; first through oral traditions, then written traditions and finally through the internet. The improvement from oral tradition to written allow less memorization and more security. However, the printing press gave way to elitism- in a form that publishers act as a “gatekeeper” and money becoming a key agent. These issues become invalid due to the internet as a freeway for information, whether accurate or not. The disadvantages being the emission of public negativity, such as terrorist schemes, child pornography, etc. The Internet allows greater distribution in a shorter time span. The knowledge era created/creates specification in different fields, disciplines.
Chapter 8 of William Badke’s Research Strategies, is about the ability to discern written text for research. Badke reveals two kinds of readers: the reader that mindlessly soaks in the information (sponges/gluttons) and the reader that processes the information (processor/ connoisseurs). He suggests researchers to discard irrelevant information and find concise information in the context of the author’s thesis. Researchers are advised to look at the title page, foreword, preface, introduction, table of content, and indexes. The questions a reader must ask are, the author’s purpose, the author’s biases, and the fairness of the evidence.