“How can that be?” you’re probably asking yourself and me now. What can be wrong about the Internet?
Believe me I know how you feel, because I myself thanked Google’s developers and engineers myriads of times for saving me from really epic fails.
But I wouldn’t have chosen this topic for my post, and I wouldn’t recommend that you do an essay on it, if I hadn’t come across a few remarkable articles written by Googlers and other reputable specialists, and devoted to real problems of the cyberworld. I was impressed and inspired.
So, I decided to share my conclusions with every one of my kind –regular Internet users, who know that they can rely on browsers and search engines at any time of day and night.
How can these ideas help you with your argumentative essay, or whatever you need to write for tomorrow? Even if you can hardly accept an opinion that the Internet poses very considerable hazards, your college paper will look much smarter if you add some opposite views into it. That will demonstrate that you acknowledge the existence of different views, though you may not agree with them fully.
Let’s check what we have here.
Some Philosophy: The Internet Is Not a Human Right
A few years ago, The New Your Times published one very thought-provoking article by Vinton G. Cerf. By the way, in mass media he is also known as a “father of the Internet”. Currently he’s working for Google. To be precise, he’s Vice President for Google.
Still, back to his compelling post with the title “Internet Access Is Not a Human Right”. At first glance, it may seem too philosophical and, therefore, complicated. But in essence it’s very smart and accurate. What’s more, Vint Cerf does make us, Internet users, think carefully whether we realize what free access to information and an opportunity to extent its amount enable us to do.
Cerf writes that as a technology the Internet can’t be a human right. I guess he means that for us there should be no links between, for example, what we consider the right to freedom of speech and a possibility to freely comment on any piece of news and just get away with it.
Simply put, the Internet only enables you to learn the news and share your personal opinion on it. But the Internet itself is not a guarantee that you’re… allowed to do it. Vint Cerf claims that the Internet access must be a civil right. So, probably not an individual one.
It’s like when you borrow a book from a library. You can read it, you can make some notes in your notebook. But you can’t draw pictures in this book. You can’t tear the pages out of it. Because other students will also borrow it, after you. And they definitely won’t be pleased to see your “art” in it.
Nevertheless, Cerf doesn’t imply placing any limitations on users’ freedom online. On the contrary, he appeals to the “technology creators” to be conscious of their expertise and responsibilities. So, when a Google engineer is working on a cyber-novelty, he or she must consider how a human mind will want to use it. The engineer must even foresee a probability of using this novelty against common sense, to harm the society.
That’s an essential issue to consider in your essay.
Social Factor: We’re Vulnerable to the Info Online
An information war is no longer an original plot for an anti-utopia. The technology allows us not only to report news but also to create them almost from nothing. The problem is that everything that appears, develops and functions in the cyberworld directly influences our reality. However, isn’t it what those evil geniuses are striving to?
Neither I nor you, nor even a Google’s engineer, can know for sure who regulates the online informational currents and why they need that. I mean not only the online realms of politics or medicine, for example. Even entertainment we are offered might have a purpose to influence us.
I may now seem a person who can find a conspiracy theory even in an inoffensive blog post. That’s not who I am, seriously. But sometimes, when I’m scrolling down the comments on some piece of news or a topical article, I get very surprised with some people’s certainty about absolutely irrational and illogical things. Still, I’m more than sure that if I check the sources they refer to, I’ll have the same opinions.
And that’s the thing, you see. We may be influenced in such an unobtrusive way that we don’t even notice the influence.
Whatever you take as an example in your essay, political news or online stores, there are intricate strategies of catching users’ attention in any sphere. It’s another question, however, whether these strategies do no harm to our consciousness.
Psychology Reports: The Internet Affects Youngsters. Negatively
Speaking about the way human consciousness reacts to digital content, it’s important to highlight the problem of its negative impact on children and teenagers. A national survey by American Common Sense Media revealed that in the US teens spend nine hours on online and communication in social networks entertainment every day.
Definitely, this time includes a few hours they should spend on healthy sleep, hobbies or just interaction with parents. So, why do teens prefer the Internet instead? Educators and psychologists have already found more than one answer to this question.
It’s understandable that teenagers react to roughness and cruelty of the real world in the acutest way. It takes time for them to realize that they aren’t children anymore. But it’s difficult for them to do it in a right way because they still aren’t adults. I’m just remembering myself, so I do know what I’m talking about.
But in the Internet they can find sympathy and consolation. In case they can’t take it from their nearest and dearest, or from their study and hobbies. The bad news is that the creators of such “consolation” perfectly know that teens feel quite pessimistic when they’re looking for it. By providing young and inexperienced users with rather gloomy content, like rather depressive music or anime with some suicidal hints in the plots, these “dark authors” motivate teens to do things that aren’t usually encouraged by society, religion, and just common sense – whatever is more persuasive to you.
Honestly, I don’t know who stand behind such content and why they create it. But I do consider it is no accident that the amount of this content is indeed very large.
I’ll be happy to know that you support some of my ideas. But please keep in mind that I’m certainly not a valid source to refer to. You’re welcome to base your essay on my suggestions, but I do recommend you doing some research as well. Thanks for attention.