Many people are choosing to find information online rather than in books. Is this development positive or negative?
numberof people nowadays choose to seek
informationand answers to their queries online, rather than to seek the same using books. I view
thischange as a positive development as far as ease of accessibility is concerned.
thischange has had a detrimental effect on the trustworthiness of
Firstand foremost, with a constant and rapid increase in the
numberof people with access to the internet, the entirety of the vast collection of human
knowledgeis now available at people’s fingertips.
In contrastto books, which may be limited in their range and scope, the internet has enabled people to obtain
knowledge, to the extent and detail that they may desire, whenever they may choose to do so.
Thischoice is not constrained by geographical location or by time, only by their connectivity and desire.
For example, there has been a
numberof people enrolling in online courses to enhance their skills and
knowledgethroughout the world. A large majority of these students are located in developing countries, many of whom seek to gain instruction of the highest standard, and unlike the age of books, are not restricted to the options locally available to them.
However, along with the stated benefit, the drawback of people turning to the internet for answers is a
risein the prevalence of inaccurate, misleading and factually incorrect
information. Unlike books, and the content contained therein, which goes through several stages of scrutiny before being published,
informationavailable online is not scrutinised in a similar manner.
Thishas led to the
informationbeing disseminated, either erroneously or purposefully with a
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fideintent to spread misinformation. As an example, with the general elections
forthe Indian republic fast approaching, there has been a marked
numberof articles and posts on various online platforms, with factually incorrect and often polarising
information. The intent behind
suchpublications, appears to be, to sway the electorate using misinformation campaigns. To conclude, I would like to state that the increasing preference of people to seek
knowledgeonline is a positive development, as it reduces the barriers to gain learning and improves access to
However, the same comes with the drawback of leading to a
risein factual errors and
spreadof misinformation due to a lack of scrutiny.
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