Not sure about that. I think most people have always relied on second hand information, whether it was the town crier reading out a proclamation, or reading a pamphlet, which were all the rage a few hundred years ago. What is scary about the internet is the potential for total control and manipulation of what is on there. When you search something on Google - who determines what comes up in the search? If something does not come up in the search, does it cease to exist? Do 'history' and 'reality' become what is found online? And nothing more. The Orwellian potential of the internet is nightmarish. And we are already seeing this happen.
I still tend to search using Ask Jeeves, or Alta Vista. That's where the truth is.