Technology is around us and is used every day in many different ways. Have you ever stopped to think about how it affects our lives? Can it be positive, or maybe it is even negative? The author of “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, Nicholas Carr has stopped to think about how the Internet is affecting not only him, but everyone who uses it. Carr is a smart viewer of technological transformation.
Hooking Up on the Internet Analysis Paper Kati Horne Introduction to Sociology Dr. Lawson September 19, 2014 Research Questions In today’s society the demand for the internet has increased significantly over the years. The internet today has allowed us the capability to accessing information all around the world and even in the classroom. Access to the network allows for online banking, paying bills, shopping and even research without leaving the comfort of your own home. Much unlike it was ten years ago. The internet today can even allow you to be in a virtual world and in that world you can be anywhere at any given place and time.
People nowadays can communicate with people all around the world using many different types of communications such as social networking sites, cell phones, emails, etc. Carr brings in many different scientific research as well as a couple of personal experiences to show the great change in technology and the internet. The author chose to write The Shallows from an epiphany he had realized, “It (his brain) was hungry. It was demanding to be fed by the net feed...I wanted to check email, click links, do some googling. I wanted to be connected” (Carr 16).
He noticed the Net was having a much stronger influence over him than his PC ever had (324). Carr does not say if it is positive or negative that the Net was having such a strong influence on him. Like it or not, the Web has made such an impact on society that Carr concludes, “What’s clear though, is that for society as a whole the Net has become, in just twenty years since the software programmer Tim Berners- Lee wrote the code for the World Wide Web, the communication and information medium of choice… by choice or necessity, we’ve embraced the Net’s uniquely rapid-fire mode of collecting and dispensing information” (318). It does not matter if one uses the Web as a want or need, the Web has become the communication and information medium of choice. Carr discusses the disadvantages and advantages, but feels ambivalent and does not feel strongly for or against the Web.
Bob Ross Sept 21, 2012 Research Paper 1 In today’s information thriving society, we sometimes take for granted the technologies that provide us with that information. We turn to the World Wide Web for everything these days, whether it’s buying, selling, watching tv, talking with friends, etc. Yet many do not understand the infrastructure that must be in place in order to do these things. We have to marvel at the technology that made all of this possible, and also recognize how it’s all built. The ability to route data across the Internet can’t be done without an IP address.
Due to the constant evolution of technology electronic media has become the way of doing everything. This has transformed the way of journalism and news consumption, because over the years consumers have gradually descended towards the internet for their information. The information provided on the internet is in much more detail then is it were to be written in a newspaper or broadcasted on a news channel. The way the internet is set up there is such a platform for reporters and journalist to include so many different elements into their writings or news reports that they would not be able to do if it weren’t for the internet. The way that the American culture is in this current time every aspect of life is somehow connected to the internet and the consumption of news and reports are no different.
“Social media makes us all more connected and engaged in ways that would not otherwise be possible”( http://www.internetevolution.com). Before this there was nothing close it, to be constant contact with friends and family members.” It wasn't that long ago when the marketing menu for businesses consisted of print, radio and television. But as the Internet took hold, and Americans began to spend larger and larger shares of their time online, businesses began to see the opportunities offered by Internet marketing”( http://www.latimes.com). The internet plays a larger role in our daily life. In conclusion the internet has significantly impacted our daily life, in entertainment, news and social media.
Carr explains that the internet changed the way reading works dramatically. Now articles are cluttered with advertisements, links, and other things that can distract the reader from the document. Carr then illustrates that sources of entertainment outside the internet have been changed since the installment of the internet as well. Advertisements are now scattered across television shows more than ever. Carr then explains that the mission of Google’s leaders is to make all the information known to man easily accessible through the internet.
The idea of the Internet was invented since the 1960s, but it is still being developed today (Internet Society, 2014). The Internet is a worldwide computer networks that not only allows computer users to transfer digital information, but also be able to receive the data at the same time (“Internet,” 2014). Presently, not only computers, but also other devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and video-game consoles, can now connect to the Internet. Moreover, the number of people accessing the Internet has rapidly grown. According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) (2011), more than 2 million people have access to the Internet by March 2011.
Online Harassment and Cyber Mobs Online harassment is an issue that has received quite the publicity and media coverage lately. As the Internet and everything that involves it has grown into our everyday life and routines, it has become the most used form of communication. Everyone from toddlers to retirees knows about the Internet and what its basic uses are. Nowadays teens spend most of their time online in comparison to watching TV or reading books. The Internet can do everything, and it is an incredible way for people all over the world to stay in contact and learn about each other.