Internet: Good, Bad, and Downright Ugly

The internet is an interesting phenomenon. For the first time ever we have access to massive amounts of information at the touch of a finger or the click of a button. Of course, with this influx of media, there must be a drawback, right? It can’t all be good, can it?

According to blogger and social media expert, Ann Smarty, there are definitely drawbacks to the immediate access individuals have to tons of media. She mentioned specifically how communication skills, face-to-face communication that is, are falling to the wayside. Additionally, people have become highly dependent on the quick access of their electronics, constantly googling (yes, it is now a verb) the answers to questions or checking for updates on their Facebook pages. However, while there are significant consequences to 24/7 media, there are definitive advantages that, in Smarty’s eyes, make it all worthwhile. (read Smarty’s article here)

However, in special article released by CNN, Chelsea Clinton and James Steyer aren’t so convinced. By the age of 2, “more than 90% of American children have an online history.” Also, by the age of 5 years old, “more than 50% regularly interact with a computer or tablet device.” Studies are finding that this is not doing children any favors. Their increased exposure to fast-action games and highly stimulating experiences is causing a decrease in long-term memory, shorter attention spans, poor focus, and the list goes on and on (read the CNN article here)

There are many different views on the effects and consequences of internet media on our culture. However, no matter the costs, I don’t believe that it is going anywhere any time soon. It is, however, important for us to recognize these flaws and take measures to prevent against the unwanted consequences.

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3 thoughts on “Internet: Good, Bad, and Downright Ugly

  1. I agree that our culture is not only greatly influenced by the media, but I think that media is our culture. It is interesting how kids that are growing up in this age have many more resources than any generation before them. People say that being exposed to all of these technologies has a bad influence on children. Instead of taking technology away from kids, what if we just changed how they interact with media and what they use it for? Could it actually beneficial to their learning and development?

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    1. I think the documentary we watched in class really showed that technology has a lot of potential. The school in the documentary went from having a lot of violence and children skipping school to having really good attendance and their test scores went up. I think that technology is here to stay and at this point we just need to make sure that we are making the most of it and using it to its full potential and to our benefit.

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      1. The school in that documentary did a good job of incorporating technology into the classroom. They did a good job of showing the kids how to properly use the computers to learn and how to be good online citizens.

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