I suspect that search engines such as google and many forums can skew the quality of online advice by the mechanism of placing the results. Results that get the most hits are top of the list and might suggest to many people that the placing is relative to their degree of accuracy. Add to that the fact that results can be skewed by searches that deliberately select for only supporting hits (or contradicting as the case may be) when used to support or put down a different hypothesis.
In the case of bee keeping the people with the least experience far outnumber the searchers with an established track record. The media hype has created a great influx of new beekeepers and the general media focus on "natural" could be responsible for skewing their attitudes regarding beekeeping towards the idealistic rather than pragmatic.
This great media driven movement likely has passed its peak since the reality is that a lot of sweat and intervention is often necessary to keep bees alive and somewhat productive. That sorts out noisy but shallow enthusiasm quite quickly.
That said all their search results and philosophy lingers in the media making a difficult task for serious beginners to sort through. Much of it is very skillfuly loaded with emotional grabs.
Sometimes I wonder if the mountain of information on the internet really is making us much wiser!