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The Information Age: Easy and Accessible

Updated on March 1, 2011

Overwhelm Yourself with Information

We live in an ‘Information Age.’ People are searching for information and knowledge, mostly online, but also in schools, at the library and through other people in seminars, conferences, and the like. The world is getting smaller, not larger, access to information is only a phone call, a text, an email, or a click away.


Industrial Age

We’ve come a long way since the ‘Industrial Age,’ which involved the development of electric utilities, appliance manufacturers, and the broadening of communication companies.

It really wasn’t that long ago, where you would have to write a letter, and wait for days or weeks, in order to receive information. Now you can go online at: or and type in anything you ever wanted to know and have a response in a few seconds.

Bill Gates said it the best...

Bill Gates stated it the best when he talked about the advancement of technology and the information age:

"One thing is clear: We don’t have the option of turning away from the future. No one gets to vote on whether technology is going to change our lives… I believe that because progress will come no matter what, we need to make the best of it - not try to forestall it.”

Remember when...

It wasn’t that long ago, where you had no choice but go to a tax professional to file your taxes, or retrieve complicated tax forms from your local library, or other business locations, and fill them out. Now, many Americans are filing their own taxes online through sites like Turbo Tax or H&R Block.

Remember Blockbuster? Better yet, remember VHS and cassette tapes. I know I do, I would go a few times a week to rent movies with my Blockbuster card in hand or use a cassette tape to dub my favorite music. Now, you can easily download a movie or music from online sites like Netflix and iTunes straight to your cell phone or computer. Again, with a click of button you have access to any movie and song you want. It’s all about accessing information.

‘Paper’ items are definitely going away. I remember when I used to write a check for almost anything and everything. Even various businesses are using less paper. Now everyone and company is trying to help the world to ‘Go Green.’ It’s all computerized. Boy, how the world has changed.

How many people can remember when the cell phone became popular? I had a pager back in the 90’s. Didn’t it seem like only yesterday? I didn’t have my cell phone until age twenty. Not to mention it was expensive at that time. Now, ten and eleven year-olds carry cell phones. And you can get reasonable deals on cell phone and plans through companies like T-Mobile, Sprint, and Cricket to name a few.

Claude Shannon - Father of the Information Age

The World is Getting Smaller, Not Bigger

It wasn’t that long ago, where only a small selective group of individuals had their own business, which for some took a lot of hard work and sweat, not to mention mailing out post cards, letters and other ‘paper’ items, and knocking on doors to promote the business. Now people are starting up their own small business overnight with a click of a button, from internet marketing, to online blogs, to selling whatever one’s heart desires through sites like Ebay and Amazon.

I’m sure you can think of a vast of other products and services which were limited for the average person. Yes indeed, the world is getting smaller, not larger. We are only a short distance from retrieving information and seeing with our own eyes the other side of the world.


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      tinisha12 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Yes, time can certainly go by quick. Yes, the phone in the vehicle LOL Thank you rpalulis for your comment.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Love the analogy, like taking a drink from a fire hydrant. I can remember having a pager, and phones that were actually installed in vehicles. We are in an information age. Crazy how fast and easy it all is.