The public: concerning the people as a whole. How many parts make this "whole?" What percentage does one person make of this "whole?" These are a few questions I ponder when considering who or what the public is. And how did the internet turn into a universal didactic forum, allowing people to voice themselves as experts. (Excluding non-western cultures et al. that allow freedom of speech.)
Finding reliable information on the internet can be as difficult as finding a hypodermic needle in the sand at the beach—which if you live where I do at Ocean Beach in San Francisco—it isn't that difficult. With that being said, here are a few sources that I've been visiting lately.
-http://www.archive.org/ is a straight from the source archive website. Their tag line is "Universal access to human knowledge."
-http://www.linktv.org/ "Television without borders." I haven't watched this station in a while, but if you're watching the telly, you should be watching this.
-http://www.truthout.org/ A great online symposium. I just discovered this one listening to an interview of Leslie Griffith. She contributes here, and this site seems to filter a lot of fat and sugar one might find on their homepage's "latest news."
-http://www.npr.org/ A concoction of modern-day material. Easy to get lost on the site though, so tread lightly.