It used to be that I'd feel an uneasy is that right? feeling at these points and try to remember to check that out later. Now I'm very likely to pop google open next to the piece and check immediately.
Very often things I'm reading "strike out" with a few bogus assertions or statistics and don't get read all the way through.
Reading anything without google except fiction where I wish to suspend disbelief feels weird now.
Google makes us smarter, not stupid, because it allows our brain to be an L1 cache instead of the entire store.
(On a serious note: what a linkbait headline!)
TV is making people stupid.
The moral of this story is that the identity and talent of the person "transcribing" an epic poem into print -- or playing that folk music into the recorder -- are really important.
Of course, perhaps a dedicated critic of writing would laugh at the absurd notion that an epic poem whose words were exactly the same at every performance was somehow "more correct". Why, if you standardize the words, the art is gone! That's the approach taken by dedicated fans of concert music and jazz: it's the little differences in interpretation and approach that make each performance fresh and unique.