Effect Of The Internet On Society
The effect of the internet has been to open a conduit which allows society to transmit words, pictures, and thoughts throughout the world without barriers.
Before the wheel was created… There were subcultures of humans living with their own language, their own morals, and their own societal structure. Due to the nature of chance, it was often the case that they discover a method of accomplishing things, only to have another nearby society discover it all over again. Ideas were lost and degraded slowly over generations, and communication between societies was limited due to lack of transportation.
Before the telephone was created… Families were drawn apart by marriage, communication was limited. The general public was not acutely aware of the moral injustices occurring throughout the world, and were happy as such. Intrusions upon their privacy was limited to mail-carriers and visitors which happened upon their door.
Before the internet was created… Hate groups such as the Nazis could only spread their propaganda through verbal communication, their recruits were aware of what they were getting themselves into, to some extent. Academia could not easily share their research with the rest of the world.
There is no longer a boundary which information must overcome, words, pictures, thoughts, can travel into the homes of the unsuspecting without notice. Neo-Nazis put songs which appeal to teenagers onto the internet for them to download, however, interlaced throughout the music are the thoughts which led to the holocaust.
Ideas are shared in groups, farmers no longer have to fail because they are yet to figure out how to salvage their dying crops. Universities can communicate instantaneously about new interesting findings, and strange results. Families can send pictures of their life to brothers, sisters, and children.
The moral injustices which occur are instantaneously put upon the internet for all to evaluate and ponder upon. There are no boundaries for the information to cross, where it leads our society is yet to be determined. Our weakness has been shown, communication is free for the taking.