OK, type something pretty basic into Google. Pablo Picasso. Right away you'll get services trying to sell you really crappy college papers about Pablo Picasso. You'll get Wikipedia, of course. If you sharpen your search terms, you'll find other stuff, some of it even interesting. You might even find out he's the most stolen artist in the world with more than 1,000 pieces still missing.
But even though there's a lot of really cool material, don't you get kind of an empty feeling after an hour of looking? The Web is huge. Where's the really deep, exotic, esoteric scholarship and speculation about Picasso? How come it's not even on page 20 of the Google returns? Because it lives someplace else. And living quite near it, coincidentally, is probably a place where you could buy one of those stolen pieces. Leave your comments below, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.