Whether or not the internet remains the economic boom everyone thought it would be, it will always be an incredible information resource. Today, while Kay was getting an estimate on fixing our car, the mechanic mentioned an expensive hub replacement due to faulty lug nuts and axles. It sounded like hogwash to me, but after searching the web for a bit, we found two references to the problem, and it sounded like a bad design on Isuzu's part.
Even up to a few years ago, this research wouldn't have been remotely possible, and I'd be sitting here thinking the mechanic was pulling my leg and trying to overcharge us for unnecessary work.
My hope is that the unfettered exchange of information continues online, and that the web continues to become more useful as a research tool, despite the passing of the gold rush days.