Modern Tech

MEDIA THE TECHNOLOGY PARADIGM INTERNET VS PRINT The story of advent of Internet as the superior source of information is one which had a slow andcumbersome start in the mid of last century. It is no small distinction that technological advancements in supportive fields and better infrastructure have pushed the growth of internet media into separate dimension to make it an integral part of everyone’s lives irrespective of age, gender, nationality and creed. The power of information in any age is unequivocal as it can change the destiny of nations, form public opinion, propel invention and innovation among other things. There are many voices that hold on to the ubiquitous belief that the ephemeral nature of information in the modern times is only tangential to a singular aspect- source. The unchallenged power of plethora of books, journals and other sources of primary information are not in question here, rather the question lies in whether internet and the new media superstructure has overtaken the conventional modes of information as in case of print, radio and television with relation to speed of distribution and the scope of universal followership with one click. The need for better information served faster to the multitudes craving for better and more efficient modes of information distribution has been the propelling factor in the unchallenged reign of internet as a vital source of information, or mis-information as the case may be. The contentious issue facing the public at large is the possibility of internet replacing books, journals, even libraries in becoming the primary source of information. The net has also overtaken the traditional trusted source for news ie. TV. This was evident in the 9/11 attacks on World trade centre wherein there was a surge of ‘flash crowd’ on the net trying to get the information and details as they had no access to TV at their workplace. (NRC 2003) The last decade has been one filled with continuous innovation in field of net technology and the growth of use of net has lead to previously uncharted dimensions with the combining of net, mobile and computer technology to form a interlinked superstructure that dishes out news and information at a ‘same time’ basis. The only issue with this process of information sharing by the millions and billions of sources is creating a huge volume of mis-information as well. Books, journals and research papers are products of years, sometimes lifetimes of study by experts in their chosen field. There are several measures of reviews and cross-reviews to ensure that this information is accurate and trustworthy. Thus they serve as proper primary sources whereas the net has the disadvantage of having information twisted depending on the polarities of the sources that upload it. Accurate information needs to be gleaned from sources that are reputable and books, journals rate high on dependability scale. (Pam Hilts 2007) There are several oppositions to this theory, the most of it being that the internet has evolved to achieve a modern paradigm wherein good information can be extracted from proper sources as Government websites, news portals and other trustworthy sources. Google, the numero-uno in IT related services according to Fortune.com has pioneered several avenue to access authentic information via the ‘scholar’ and ‘books’ section wherein the information can be looked up from the millions of peer reviewed journals and books in its database. Thus the criticism of internet as an unreliable source is actually consequential on the human factor downloading the information as well as the sources they are using to get that information. The fact is in the end even internet users source their information from the books and journals albeit via the net medium. Thus this negates the theory that internet will replace the books as the main source of information, as here the origin and distribution of information stand on same pedestal, rather it is an inevitable truth that the future of information is going to depend on the dual pillars of virtual and actual sources of the same-internet and books. Works Cited Editors National Research Council The Internet under crisis conditions: learning from September 11 National Research Council (U.S.), 2003 Washington. Hilts Pam Internet vs. books for scholarly research on 10th Aug 2006(Retrieved on 28th April 2011) from http://www.helium.com/items/73910-internet-vs-books-for-scholarly-research