of people nowadays choose to seek
and answers to their queries online, rather than to seek the same using books. I view
change as a positive development as far as ease of accessibility is concerned.
change has had a detrimental effect on the trustworthiness of
and foremost, with a constant and rapid increase in the
of people with access to the internet, the entirety of the vast collection of human
is now available at people’s fingertips.
to books, which may be limited in their range and scope, the internet has enabled people to obtain
, to the extent and detail that they may desire, whenever they may choose to do so.
choice is not constrained by geographical location or by time, only by their connectivity and desire.
, there has been a
of people enrolling in online courses to enhance their skills and
throughout 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.
, along with the stated benefit, the drawback of people turning to the internet for answers is a
in the prevalence of inaccurate, misleading and factually incorrect
. Unlike books, and the content contained therein, which goes through several stages of scrutiny before being published,
available online is not scrutinised in a similar manner.
has led to the
being disseminated, either erroneously or purposefully with a
an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
intent to spread misinformation. As an example, with the general elections
the Indian republic fast approaching, there has been a marked
of articles and posts on various online platforms, with factually incorrect and often polarising
. The intent behind
publications, 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
online is a positive development, as it reduces the barriers to gain learning and improves access to
, the same comes with the drawback of leading to a
in factual errors and
of misinformation due to a lack of scrutiny.