Don't have any direct experience with them myself, but I understand O'Reilly Publishing's "Missing Manual" series to be pretty good at the whole gentle introduction thing.
Otherwise, it's largely hit and miss. There are sites like Cnet here, which caters to the technically illiterate middle management type, there's sites like Slashdot which cater more towards the technically literate and somewhat socially inept, and then there are plenty of sites that cater to the technically illiterate that are written by the technically illiterate, and as such full of errors and misconceptions. Since it's difficult for someone in your situation to be able to judge such sites, I'd recommend the dead tree (book) method for the time being.
Most books go through at least some level of editorial review by people familiar with the subject, so that means it's a safer bet trusting a book from a major publisher over a website that could have been thrown up by someone who knows less about computers than you.
I am a newbie and have zero knowledge on computers, so i was wondering where i could go to read/net/to learn about the internet and computing in general. the only smart thin i've done is find this site..thanks.....