Ignorance in the Information Age: Quality over Quantity or Vice Versa?

(10-13-2015, updated 07-14-2018)  Conspiracy theories and other craziness, what to do about the disinformation and lies on the Internet. Previously I wrote that I believe that in the long run humanity is getting better, in part due to the ready availability of information. In the short term, though, easy access to information has it's downsides as well.