For many people, content creation is a means of expression similar to an artist painting on a canvas or a ballet dancer performing in a concert hall. Although, creating content and posting it online takes on an entirely different form. Mainly due to the amount of people you can reach in such a short period of time. I believe there are three reasons people post online. The first reason is aimed at the educational aspect for people to learn. The second is to entertain, and lastly, the third is to broadcast their life on social media.
Moreover, the internet is a prominent place with no set direction or audience, so anyone can find something they enjoy. Of the three reasons I stated why people post, one that is done most frequently is people posting their lives on their social media sites. Everyone does it; if you have access to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you have one time or another posted an event you were a part of or something as simple as what you ate that day. The article “Great Wall of Facebook: The Social Network’s Plan to Dominate the Internet — and Keep Google Out” talks about the importance of algorithms and how Facebook is using them to serve its consumers. For example, it states, “Facebook friends post links to outside sites; you will be able to use it as a gateway to the Web, making it a direct threat to Google. Why settle for articles about the Chrysler bankruptcy that the Google News algorithm recommends when you can read what your friends suggest.” What you post is relevant, especially to others within your friend group. Companies are taking this into consideration for that reason. They are showing you what your friends post rather than mainstream sources to catch one’s attention.
While reading through this week’s articles, one was super relatable: “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” The internet and especially Google have undoubtedly made life easier for everyone. Nevertheless, that has come at a price. Nicholas Carr states, “the Net seems to be chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation.” Our “mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles,” we are programming ourselves to view information differently and become impatient if the answers are not in front of us within seconds. The idea of reading a book to gather research has become a long-lost memory. Furthermore, this has affected the way people learn. Moving forward there can be a huge switch in our educational system.
Good work on this. Do you think that libraries will go extinct in the future as people move away from books entirely? What do you think will replace the book as the mainstream way of learning more about a subject in depth? VR? AR?