Internet: Use it wisely

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In·ter·net[in-ter-net] noun
A vast computer network linking smaller computer networks worldwide (usually preceded by the ; ). The Internet includes commercial, educational, governmental, and other networks, all of which use the same set of communications protocols. [dictionary.com]

It is a very powerful tool and yet very easy to access. Internet started as an expensive accessory only used as a status symbol in 90s. It was not very easy to get online like we do today with only a swipe on your smartphone or just a click on your computer. Only major cities like New York, London, Munich, etc. had a telephone network that could support this new traffic of data. Wait a second! Did I just say telephone?? Yes, I did. In the beginning telephone companies used to provide special connection to your home which then connected your personal computer.

We started with emails, commercial websites (the .com boom), blogs and now social network websites. We have evolved from using internet only for sending private messages to expressing our views out loud in public over this world wide web. This change in behavior is not new, this is just like old times, whenever people felt the need of expressing themselves to the public they started meeting at city or town halls, public places like schools, libraries and shared their views in front of their audience. In early 1900s the only way to spread news was public announcements from town hall balconies and newspapers. Then came radio and television. But, even today we know that the news on TV and radio is mostly filtered and controlled by governments and that in a way is Good and Bad just like a coin it has it’s two sides.

Similarly there are incidences where Internet and social sites have been used wisely and wrongly. The medium is so easily accessible now that practically anyone in the world can type anything that they want. Because of Internet many people around the world could tack their loved ones and their situations during Japanese Tsunami crisis even if they were half the way around the globe. Many disastrous recovery organizations created a crisis database of emergency camps to track survivors and made it available to general public. Also, many people used social networks like Twitter and Facebook to convert messages to people around the world. But, as we speak about benefits of Internet there is a downside. It was Internet that enabled coordinated riots of London in last decade. It was On Internet where people shared fake picture of rape victim in India.

Internet is a big pool of information and if people don’t take it seriously, it might aid to our destruction one day. It is a source of truthful information as well as it’s a message board for individuals and companies who make profit by deceiving the community. What to believe and what not to is individual’s decision.

Internet is very powerful, USE IT WISELY!

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