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You Are Officially Part of The Information Society

March 9, 2011

Today, we live in an information society.  What does that mean? An information society is a society in which creation, distribution, and integration of information is a large part of the economy, politics and culture.   Everybody can inform everybody, and the more people who inform the better the information is.  Today, most of our information is spread through the internet.  The internet is a fairly new development that has only been around for about 50 years.

During the 1960’s there was a large change from being an industrial society to being a society based on services. When the internet was first started it was very specialized, only for businesses and the elite.  Then came the web, which is what we use today.  The web is like the car and the internet is like a motorway.

There are a few major changes from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 (which is the information society).  Some changes were we went from Netscape to Google Chrome and Firefox, we went from personal websites to blogging, and we went from page views to cost per click.  Web 2.0 works so that the more people who use it the more efficient it is.  This is beneficial considering that there are millions of people who use the internet, and the thousands that will learn to use the internet.

The problem is that because anyone can post anything and report anything one has to be careful as to what they are calling fact.  We need to be careful as to what sources we trust and we need to find a way to make sure that they are legitimate.

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