It’s an e-Nation

Internet users consider the Web more important than newspapers,
TV, radio and magazines when it comes to finding information they
need. A survey of more than 2,000 households by the Center for
Communication Policy at UCLA between April and June of 2002 showed
that 61 percent of Web surfers consider the Internet very or
extremely important, compared with 58 percent for newspapers, 50
percent for TV, 40 percent for radio and 29 percent for magazines.
Skepticism of the medium's credibility is on the rise, however, as
users become more accustomed to the Internet - and the ease with
which false information can be spread. Only 53 percent of users
believe most or all of what they read online, which is down from 58
percent a year earlier. (Harlan Lebo, UCLA, hlebo@college.ucla.edu)