Look how far society has come since the days of dial-up internet (a painful sound we will always recognise and never forget). We thought we were connected back then, but think about how far technology has already come. As Manuel Castells says, we are a networked society, and he goes so far to say that networks are the “underlying structure of our lives”. You might think that the amount of power that these networks hold in helping run our lives is a scary thing, or that being so connected is meaning that we are being less connected in the physical world. These two thoughts might be true to an extent, but the pros definitely out weigh the cons.
Everyone with an internet connection now has access to knowledge and information that they may not have before. Learning has advanced from taking notes from a teacher and textbook, to listening to podcasts from your university or watching TED conferences and being apart of the Kahn Academy. All information is just a google search away.
Traditional ways of doing things are being bypassed and new business models are constantly being developed, not only with education, but social events, shopping, leisure, news, and the list goes on… As barriers to entry are so low that it is possible for us all to develop apps or websites to make life easier, or more exciting.
And for those who think that being a networked society where half of the online population is a Facebook user, and millions of them twitter users, is making us more distant in the ‘real’ world… the internet is responsible for spreading ideas and knowledge, allowing for new talking points and experiences for everyone to share and enjoy.