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Is the Internet Influential?

Is the Internet Influential? | Is the way we act influenced by what we see on the web? | Scoop.it
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The topic I chose to explore was “Are we influenced by what we see on the web?” I chose this topic because I was interested to see what people’s opinions on it were on the internet. Is the internet the driving force that influences us, or is it simply the people who do? Through my research I found that it is a combination of both.

The internet gives rise to the idea of saying what we want to say and doing what we want to do all while staying anonymous. People can read articles posted to a site and talk trash and say things that they would have never said in person. People let their alter ego come out online and the fact that they can, is proof that that the internet is influential on us. Once we see someone make a horrible comment, people, being fearless and thousands of miles apart, being to attack that person or join in on the action and bash the writer. But the internet isn’t all that bad.

Entire nations believe that the internet can be such an influential and educational tool that they are funding entire projects to bring it to their developing lands and they are teaching their citizens to use it. People get most of their news from the internet; revolutions have started over comments and pictures posted on the internet. While yes the World Wide Web has become the new hub of advertising and product placement it still remains the freest standing environment for people. Because it is so free people have had the freedom to come up with new ideas and concepts and spread it thought the world faster than anyone had ever dreamed of.

I know I seem very bias on this matter, and I know that online you can search for anything and you’ll find it. Had I wanted to disprove this theory I could simply changed my wording that I typed in Google and voila an endless sea of articles will be right at my disposal. But it’s hard for someone to argue against this. We use the internet so often that it has become a necessary tool. We are on it so much that that even our language is changing. We are so use to abbreviations and a different lingo online that we seem to be incorporating it into our day-to-day lingo. If that doesn’t convince you to the fact that we are influenced by what see on the internet I don’t know what will.

 

 

 

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Erik Marshall's comment, June 11, 2013 1:04 PM
The question is a bit broad, and I doubt very many people would argue against it, but the collection of sources you have found is pretty wide-ranging and persuasive.
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The 7 Most Obnoxious Fake Personalities on the Internet

The 7 Most Obnoxious Fake Personalities on the Internet | Is the way we act influenced by what we see on the web? | Scoop.it
When the only thing people can see is typing, you can get away with some outrageously fake characters, which might fool people. For a couple of paragraphs.
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Are we influenced by the internet? According to this article people like to put on a fake personality because they want to be viewed as cool and as the alpha of the internet world. While this one isn’t as serious it actually ties right in with what my topic is. Cracked says that there are 7 personalities that most of the people on the internet like to advertise themselves as. They are: Badass, Coach, and A real character, Spartacus, Philosopher, Insider, and Master Manipulator. The explanations are great and it makes us think. If the internet wasn’t available to us and we had to interact face-to-face most of the time would we have these personalities? Or did we cave into the pressures of the World Wide Web?

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Are We Becoming Cyborgs?

Are We Becoming Cyborgs? | Is the way we act influenced by what we see on the web? | Scoop.it
Susan Greenfield, Evgeny Morozov and Maria Popova on what technology and the Internet mean for our brains, our relationships and our future.
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This discussion article is brilliant. The interviewer, Schmemann, takes three people who have written extensively about the internet and ask them if the internet is turning us into cyborgs. The first to respond was Susan Greenfield who thinks we are becoming them to an extent because kids between he ages 13-17 spend 30+ hours a week in front of a screen. Her concern is not the technology of the internet, but the degree to which it has become a lifestyle. Next was Maria Popova. She doesn’t think we are because even though we can automate the retrieving of knowledge, we can’t automate the moral end of it making sense without consulting it. The final person interviewed was Evgeny Morozov. He said that the way the internet is structured it clouts our usage of it. If we have realistic perceptions of what sites have the power we do, then and only then can we begin to use them to our advantage. There is so much more, this was great.
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Nieman Reports | A Big Question: ‘How Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?’

Nieman Reports | A Big Question: ‘How Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?’ | Is the way we act influenced by what we see on the web? | Scoop.it
Edge posed this question; discover how a wide range of thinkers responded.
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The multiple opinions of this article are all good ones with different insights on how the internet is changing us. Nick Bilton made a point that I had not thought of, he said that the internet is not changing the way we think, we are changing the way the internet thinks. The internet is run by us, so we mold it the way we see fit. Another opinion in the article bit was from Kelly where she said with the ultra-fast availability of information so easily accessible to us we will rely on the internet and less on your brains to remember things. Even though there are different opinions they all seem to make sense. 

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How Internet-speak is changing the way we talk | Digital Trends

How Internet-speak is changing the way we talk | Digital Trends | Is the way we act influenced by what we see on the web? | Scoop.it
Abbreviations, acronyms, and shortened everything: the Internet is remixing English.
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The internet is a powerful tool; it changed the way we think, act, and yes, even our language. This was an interesting article that shows how the internet has changed the way people talk to each other online. Our language has become a short one filled with abbreviations and emoticons. The internet and its many services have added words to not only the English but global dictionaries. We use it so much online and spend so much time on it that the words we use online are finding their way into our day-to-day, face-to-face vocabulary. Now that’s what I call influential. 

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Promote use of Internet in our society

Promote use of Internet in our society | Is the way we act influenced by what we see on the web? | Scoop.it
New attitudes, values and opinions are increasingly being formed through the Internet.
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The article posted is proof the internet changes the way we act. Kenya believes that if they can increase their internet usage with younger kids, then they be able to generate ideas and be more involved with government. So does the internet make us smarter? According the government of Kenya, yes it does. As the nation its self begins to develop the peoples thirst for knowledge and involvement does to. How can you get people who live hundreds of miles away from the capital to get involved? Use the internet. How can you let the people of your nation be connected on a global scale? Use the internet. It obviously has power if entire nations want it be readily available to their people. This is a pretty cool article, and it’s something we don’t think is true living here in American where everything is so internet based. 

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Does the internet rewire your brain?

Does the internet rewire your brain? | Is the way we act influenced by what we see on the web? | Scoop.it
Being online does change your brain, but so does making a cup of tea. A better question to ask is what parts of the brain are regular internet users using.
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Everything we do changes our brain. So it’s only common sense that the internet itself is also changing and rewiring it too. It does this in the same way TV, and having a cup of tea do. But the internet has an effect much more noticeable on us. For example the way we interact with people has changed dramatically. But the internet hasn’t deprived us of being social, it’s only a different means of communication for people to keep in touch and be involved. According this article there is nothing to fear about the internet, if we want to use it to be productive or to look up something random and arbitrary that choice is up to us, just like the way we decide what to wear in the morning.

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