Most people realize the power of the media in our society and civilization. On one hand it provides instant access for information world-wide. On another hand often the information provided can be skewed and selective and with the ominous power over the minds of the people it can be a scary thought indeed.
There has been some very strong criticism of the media and its problems, as well as what it brings to the world. An interesting book, I read was “Data Smog” which talks to the abundance of meaningless, trite and filler in electronic news and the Internet.
Today we see an IBM article in the news and folks trying to determine if the “Internet is Addicting.” Sure it is or can be, just like the Boob Tube, video games or the new World of VR, which most likely as it becomes more real will replace all the illegal recreational drugs no doubt.
China wishes to prevent certain news, views and content into their nation over the Internet and even is worried that the Internet will circumvent their control, productivity of the work force, bring ideas counter productive to their form of government and some of their excuses or reasoning of course for this censorship is indeed as they say; “the addictive nature of the Internet” is a disease and they even have shock treatment for addicted Internet users.
One thing in this debate I find of interest is what if everyone used the Internet to seek information, knowledge and discovery? Then so what if it is addictive or people spend too much time online. It could very well have the reverse affect if all the writers uplifted the content to propel thought and information?
Then the Internet would then bring the bar up a notch rather than down two. Because in the end I really do not care what Angela Jolie ate for breakfast this morning even if that makes the front page of the Internet News. I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.