Is the WWW changing users collectively or individually in profound or superficial ways? Can we see new cultural values being shaped or sub-cultures being formed which may permanently affect our cultural values?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com September 27, 2022, 5:57 pm ad1c9bdddf
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In the current evolution of technology and communication, WWW (World Wide Web) has been one of the largest and fastest sources of information of any person around the world. Information varies from news, scientific studies and current events, to fashion and lifestyle, entertainment, sports, personal opinions and experiences, and commerce. With its very large influence in every people, information found on WWW can change users both in profound and superficial ways. It depends on the type of information being disseminated and being source out by users. There are those that contain very deep and complete information that can educate and inform the users well, but there are also some types of information that lacks substance or lacks definitive content that are spread out over the web. And also, personal opinions, fallacies or unproven ideas, or second hand information are sometimes considered by users as complete facts, which are superficial. The key for a more positive view on how the World Wide Web affects or changes users is to be able to use it properly. As a user who disseminates information on the web, he/she must be responsible for the validity, accuracy and the completeness of the content to be shared. As a user who looks for information on the web, he/she must be aware on the credibility of the source of information, like at what website it is found, or what are the references that validate the information. And also, everything contained on the web must be backed up by existing facts on credible sources of information such as books, research papers and newspapers.
With the strong influence of the WWW, many new cultural values are formed. As compared to before when there was no WWW access for many people around the world, it can be seen today that many people have become more social and more aware on things that are happening around the world. Social networking sites have made the youth more sociable and more active in having connections to others, especially the youth. There are also the spread of different forums and message boards wherein many people have become more open-minded and become more vocal on their ideas and views. Video streaming web sites have also given ways for many people to be more exposed by enabling others to broadcast themselves through video, and be aware on the culture of other countries and help them understand others' values. The WWW is so powerful that groups of people, regardless of many differences between them, have developed a common culture in which they understand each other very well. There are also ways in which the WWW have affected others negatively, such as wrong information and malicious content on the web. But all in all, WWW has given more positives as it connected the world easily and fast, and has emerged as one of the powerful media that can entirely influence the social, economic, and other aspects of countries and its people. To be able to utilize the web well, users must always remember to use it properly and to know what information on the web is useful and helpful.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com September 27, 2022, 5:57 pm ad1c9bdddf>