I know I already talked about this chapter in class, but I think it is an interesting enough topic that it deserves some of my required blog space.
Since we all have the capability to publish information, do we have to hold ourselves to new standards? We now understand the impact that we are capable of making. This is a powerful thing to be placed in the hands of people who may quite possibly be negligent when it comes to accuracy. We are people of opinion. Just because we have the ability, does it give us the right? What rights do we have as publishers if any? Does any of that really matter in the grand scheme of things?
When it all boils down, the residue left in the pot is a change in the way we communicate. A new form of literacy. Everyone needs to relearn how to communicate. Perhaps it is happening without us realizing. However, being unaware has negative consequences. If we know what problems may arise, perhaps we as citizens can take a proactive approach to preventing some of the pitfalls that may be heading our way.
But what would it really take to educate the masses on how to use our new form of communication efficiently, rather than getting caught up in distractions and low brow entertainment? What ways can we develop ourselves to meet the demands of our new form of media and not conflict ourselves deeply in the process.
We are and in someways will always be dependent on technology from this day on. Would anyone disagree that we are completely dependent? Technology and the internet have changed the way we govern ourselves as human beings. What are the implications of this?
I think we will all get along fine and we will figure it out in the long run, but what can we do now to make this all go down smoothly? Just some stuff to ponder.