Thursday, 21 June 2012

Has the Internet provided a lot of valuable information?

"The Internet". is it a boon or curse? This is a very debatable topic. We would need to loot at the pros and cons of it and then draw conclusions. Even then it would not be possible to totally answer yes or no to the question. It would depend upon individual personalities as well as the situation that we are in. In my opinion, the Internet is definitely a valuable source of information, but as with all forms of technology one must know how to make the best use of it.
Let's step a few years from now. We were totally dependent on books, the experience of other people or data stored in other forms for getting information of any sort. The problems with those kind of information sources is that it is time consuming, inconvenient and often times even misleading. The concept of weeding out data from old reports and books was a time consuming and painful process and would itself deter people from trying to get new information.
But today with a touch of a button, we can get any information available, sitting the comfort of out homes. We are more knowledgeable and aware of this happening around us. Technology has given us the greatest power at our fingertips, that it "the power of knowledge".
Lets take an example. Suppose someone wants to star off a business venture, he can get all information regarding other companies in the same line of business. He can do a cost benefit analysis, gather corroborating data, make new contacts, and so on, thank to the Internet. He is now well informed. If he has to discuss this with other potential partners, he is armed with a wealth of information.
On the other hand, the Internet does supply an overload of information. Hence, if you give a topic in a search engine such as Google, you will get a number of sites that would cater to the information required. Now, if one were unable to decide what information to cull out and what to leave, it would be a painful experience rather that an enjoyment.
So in conclusion, it really depends on how you use a particular technology-used in moderation and in an intelligent manner-. it could be the greatest tool. Otherwise en enemy that steals time waylays and deters a person from achieving his ultimate goal.
Now-days, no one can deny the importance of the Internet. Sitting in front of a computer, clicking a mouse three times, you can get access to the information highway, which provides you numerous valuable sources of information. Thanks to the internet, people can quickly sell, advertise and share knowledge, idea, and personal feelings.
Because we are easy to access so much information, it can create some problems to us. Children are easily surfing from inappropriate information on the Internet, since it is very hard to control information from the  Internet. More and more porn pages are quickly emerging and continuously sending emails to children's account. With their curiosity, children click on these links that lead to these pages, and see things that they should not have seen. They do not realize that they are unconsciously affected because their parents can not examine all the content they view.
Consequently, children are now becoming the number one victims of sex abuse and criminals in Indonesia where it is very easy to access bad websites, such as porn sites and sex forum. It is the Internet that probably cause problems to children if parents do not pay much attention to them.
Although the Internet offers us large amount of information, its reliability is dubious because many untrue news stories can be posted to it and cause confusions to many people.It is very difficult for us to find out what websites are reliable and what are not. My teacher, for example, is advocating her students to use books to study, research, or write a report instead of using the information on the Internet.
In conclusion, the Internet causes trouble to people, especially young people and children. Although people can get access to up-to-date knowledge and information, problems caused by using information from the Internet are inevitable. Therefore, while the Internet can provide a lot of useful information, its hard cannot be underestimated.