|Scooped by Alan Charara|
Is the Internet Influential?
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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