- Internet & the Web
The Internet..The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The Good ...
The Internet got its start in the United States more than 50 years ago as a government weapon in the Cold War,and over that period of time it has evolved dramatically.Today, we use the Internet for almost everything, and for many people it would be impossible to imagine life without it. Not only is it good in the sense of communication, when you consider it can take approximately 50 seconds to send an e-mail across the globe. When hundreds of years ago, the time it took to send a letter, from say Glasgow to London, or London to Hong Kong? Days weeks, months? Its is good that we can converse with long lost relatives, and friends, far away as to the other side of the world, quickly, easily, and now visually, with added visual software. It is good also that vital information can be exchanged quickly, in the sense of the need of medical records between hospitals and doctors, for medical treatment and in life saving, emergency situations. Identification purposes, for documenting, the RIPE system (Reduction In Paper Exchange) which reduces the demand on paper, thus better for tree survival and the planet against carbon emissions, and or CO2. Good also, for security systems of organisations, and Governments around the world protecting their peoples and Countries from all sorts of dangers. Nothing too dramatic mentioned here, about the good aspects of the Internet. It is a sense of a basic understanding of the Internet and how it has impacted our lives for the Good.
Look at this example, here's me expressing my views to an audience, via a blog, over the internet!
There is probably a bad side to the internet depending on your view, mine are few and as follows:
1. We have largely become dependant on the Internet, so as now cannot live without it. I panic, if I leave the house of a morning without my mobile phone, which to me is my subconscious LIFELINE.. all my phone contacts, messages, important documents, my entertainment (hardly have time to use) audio, music, the ability to communicate, where, and if, and when I choose, or have to. This is, when you think of it, an example when I, and others in a similar situation at any given time, are influenced by the internet, via our devices.
2. We do from time to time, see bad and unfortunate things in life, portrayed on the Internet via the media. I suppose everyone has to earn a living, and every opportunity the Media get, they will report wars, disastrous events, bad weather, or famines, malicious treatments of people and animals, environment issues, global warming. We have also heard about a minority of people (sometimes famous) who have been unfortunate to suffer terrible, and unenviable abuse, now defined as 'Trolling' through social media sites, thankfully, it is now classed as an offence and is punishable by law, and rightly so.
3. With the Internet's many good points, comes an inadvertent bad point, which is only bad through the actions of people, or persons with criminal intentions. Cyber criminals out to destroy the good, and crucial parts of the internet, and to bring about its demise, to cripple financial institutions, health sectors, and security systems, vital to ensure a smooth and stable infrastructure, by the ways and means of viruses, hacking, and even financial gains of maybe blackmail, and ransoms of money.
4. The Internet hasn't helped some people by encouraging them to become lazier, by adopting a less of an active lifestyle.You can now shop online, and you don't have to exert yourself. The groceries can now be delivered to your door.(It does also however, work in favour of people who are either ill, elderly and infirm) The Internet is a swift and powerful way of achieving both objectives. I suppose it too, can be argued, that the internet portrays less of the GOOD things that have, and do go on in this world of ours. The many Charitable causes, and indeed the many hard working people behind them, in all parts of the world, notably the poorest places. A debatable argument of whether media streaming, is even on both good, and bad topical issues. But one has to remember and accept, these things are news, and are receptive.
I suppose the last capsule of this blog could have been portrayed as UGLY...but no I have saved that for this one. The ugly side of the internet to me is this:
As the internet continues to develop in the ways of new technological software, it springs to my mind that there is a fundamental connection, and it can defined as ugly. I and millions of people use social media, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, then what I find ugly, is when you sign into your device you are asked / prompted, to give permission for an app especially on your mobile or tablet to work. Next time you log in, or sign up for an app, read it carefully and see what its after? It wants to know all about you, where you are (your location) your e-mail contacts, (access to) and then maybe a bit of marketing. I recently met a relative I hadn't seen for a while and he mentioned an old school friend of his, who had asked him had he disappeared? Where had he been over the years? Scary, its as if people who want to keep as much as possible about their private lives, are in effect either 'Alien', or 'Outsiders' you must not be adverse to the requests of the systems...I will not fall into the trap of insinuating a 'Big Brother' type of arrangement. But I, like my relative, like to keep myself in the loop but rather low key, I have learnt ways of achieving such. Am I barking up the wrong tree here? If what if I feel overall, is that the internet is CONTROLLING?
I am curious though, as to how many people in a sense, like me, would like to go back in time to pre- internet. The days when people in my opinion, interacted more face to face, communicated better, wrote letters more, and were more open and honest with each other. And children were more attentive to adult instruction, and teachings, and they were also more interactive with each other, and more agile. I would say more HAPPY and CONTENTED.. How distant them memories are eh?