Online News and Print’s Future The Internet’s influence on our lives has spread throughout. Researching, shopping, job searching, and more can all be done with a keyboard and a few clicks of a mouse. But this ease of use casts a shadow on the future of printed information. The Web’s instant knowledge has changed our reading and writing habits and has made print media seem old-fashioned. One of the first industries to lead the change was journalism.
The Future of Print and Cyberculture As our class learned from the last assignment in which we created a writing technology, the introduction of new technology can change the way that people operate on a day-to-day basis. Inventions like the automobile and the television, for example, have forever changed the culture in many countries. However, no invention has changed the world more than the computer. In fact it has been the computer that has made the most recent technological phenomenon, the Internet, possible. While the Internet has made obvious changes in the way people communicate, it has also changed how we perform other functions that are as fundamental to us as reading and writing.
With the coming of the technological age many people are thinking about information in ways they never have before. 30 years ago, in order to gain information on a subject we had to search through encyclopedias and hope that the information we needed to find was given. Now we are finding that the information is just a click a... ... middle of paper ... ...ight and with mental breaks such as using the internet we are able to rest our minds and return to the project with more overall productivity. We have found that not only is the internet making us a more productive society but it is also making us a more analytical society. Through the internet we now have much quicker access to information that at one point was tedious to obtain.
Writing as a technology has evolved to the point where it might fit with these words. “Innate” and “effortless” were the next two words in my thesaurus. Certainly writing has become effortless in recent years, with the advent of the computer. You can erase, move, copy, and write at blinding speed. Effortless is definitely a word I would use – but not for my invented technology.
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Computers have made writing quicker and much easier. With such easy access to information as Peter Diamandis put it in his book Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think, “we are living in a world of information and communication abundance,” (10) and with the rise in popularity of technology, we see the English language deteriorating more and more until one day its form in the future will be completely unrecognizable to its predecessor much as Old English seems foreign when compared to the English of today.
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Articles, videos, blogs, books, and many other mediums are accessed quickly on technological devices. However, as beneficial as the internet appears to be there are changes that occur inside the human brain. Changing from books to e-books might not seem like a drastic change but if one compares past behaviors with present behavior there will be a noticeable difference. Carr states an example of Friedrich Nietzche who bought a typew... ... middle of paper ... ...erience but cannot do anything about it because they are surrounded constantly by the world of technology. Humans, due to constant contact with technology, will slowly weaken what took years to develop, deep reading.