From the past 3 months I have been incessantly blogging about my lessons from our COM 125- Introduction to Internet. At first I thought it was a real pain, writing a blog every single week and making sure I listen in class. However, now that it has come to an end, I do believe that there are some valuable things I have learnt from this course.
The first most outlandish concept I learnt was Second Life or virtual reality. The fact that so many people logged in to a cyber space that has its own currency and countries was pretty astonishing to me. People are completely giving up human contact for a virtual one was intriguing and fascinating. This concept is surely going to become more ingrained and apparent within our society in the coming years.
Another most profound thing I learnt was how deeply connected we all are to each other. Social Media was a familiar term to me before and I knew that it had considerable influence over us but through this module, I learnt just how much! Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube, LinkedIn and so many other sites constantly monitor where we are, what we are doing and who we are doing it with!
Although it might not be such a great thing too, especially after knowing how badly viruses, Trojans and malware can completely take over our systems and disrupt everything. Hackers are smart and rampant and cyber crime is at an all time high. The fact that sometimes we don’t even know that our sensitive information is being used or corrupted is a troubling thought that thanks to 125 now I know about.
May it be businesses going digital or politicians using social sites for their campaign, the internet has become resourceful to everyone at every given point of time. So much so that a new genre of exchanging information has emerged in the form of Citizen Journalism, where people take power in their hands and report news with firsthand accounts without biases, online.
There will always be a section of society that will constantly argue about the adverse affects of going digital, like losing human touch and interactivity. However, there is no denying the fact that the Internet is not going anywhere but up. Its influence will only increase as more and more people log in. Thanks to 125 I have understood its various intricacies and how I can use them to my advantage. J