The library, the classical place to find out whatever one wishes to know. Yet, that is rapidly changing. Though people still use to the library today for the same reasons – to complete work, find out information, or just enjoyably read a book – the do so via different means. Years ago people went to the library to find out “simple” facts, whereas today when someone asks a question the response can be “Google it.” And bam! You have the answer ASAP. Information is automatic today with the use of wireless networks, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. It is amazing.
Due to this advancement in the speed of communication, humans are now able to relay, produce, and consume information much faster than ever before. Therefore, we now have access to a plethora of information we would have otherwise struggled to find. Though, this can be for good or for bad. Some may argue this had made humans more lazy, whereas others will argue it has simply brought us to a knew level of communication, information, technology, and thus evolution.
As the speed of innovation only skyrockets, so is communication. With my social networks connected to me 24/7 I am more likely to check the news, local events, school/work related activities, and thus be a more informed, and up-to-date member of the 21st century.
The most significant feature of the WEB 2.0 is the relationship between user and information. In the era of the WEB 2.0, users are not the only information receiver anymore, and they play a role of information provider.
In current classes, we discussed the relationship between the people and information that how people change information and how information change people. From the survey we did in the last class, we found information is everywhere and changes people unconsciously. Like a guy saw quarters on the floor, he would pick it up. In addition, when people update facebook or twitter no matter how frequently, they do change the information. In my view, Search engines are the most powerful application that changes people; maybe they could change people’s mind some day. The reason why we use search engine is to get the answer about something we are not sure or do not know; both of them are vague memory in people’s mind, and the first impression influencing people’s memory or mind significantly. Thus, the results of searching would change people one day.
Information is knowledge that in a sense shapes the way we think. We receive information that molds our minds through so many outlets: television, computers, smart phones, etc. We input so much information on a daily basis that we don’t realize that our point of view changes. This is possible through simple things like a 30 second advertisement that convinces you that you need a certain product.
Information is powerful especially when people change information. We live in a world where people aren’t just consuming information they are also generating some info of their own. This can be good or bad depending on the person. If there is someone who is very knowledgeable in a certain subject and decides to post very informative information on that subject that is positive information that is credible and worthy of being consumed. On the other hand you could have someone change a Wikipedia page and put information that is untrue. Such information if viewed could be misleading.
The Web has made getting and sending information much easier than before. As a result, more people are being affected by information and people are also changing information. More often, information is affecting people. Every day, I see students on campus with mobile phones or using laptops and the information they gain from using the internet on these devices affects them. Some students look up their class schedule or have homework problems online. This type of information affects students by helping their education. Other types of information can be as simple as going on Nextbus.com and looking up times for the next bus. The student might be affected by this information and rush to catch the next bus.
As a college student, I am not positive of all the ways information affects people in the real world. I did read the book, Freakonomics, last year which had a chapter on how the internet affected the economy. I found it interesting how all the new information on the internet had a major effect on the economy. One example from Freakonomics was how after life insurance policies and quotes were posted online, the price went down dramatically. This was because the information on the web caused greater competition in life insurance policies and eventually allowed regular people to buy cheaper life insurance policies. Another argument made in Freakonomics was how the internet and the information gained by using the information closed the gap between the educated or professionals and the undereducated. Information once held only by a certain number of people, the educated or professionals, could be accessed online by anyone with internet connection. Information from the web helped even out the field for professionalism.
With the web, people are also able to change information easily. One basic example of this is Wikipedia where people can go on and edit information on different articles. Another example is social networks. By just adding a picture or tweeting, people are changing the information seen by their followers. With the web, people can change information much more easily than before.
People and information are intertwined. Everyone has information that they share with people and people are always receiving information. On Wednesday, me and my fellow classmates hit College Avenue and observed and interviewed people interacting with information and vice versa. It is interesting how easy it is to find people and information interacting constantly.
First, me and my partner observed scenarios of information changing people. We observed people going up to someone handing out flyers with info on them. We then observed people walking up to an information table. We then turned our attention to people interacting with information. This was easy because as soon as we walked out of our building we saw a man on the phone. Next came our interviews. We talked to a women at a smoothie sale and asked her when was the last time she checked Facebook. Surprisingly, she checked it only yesterday, so she could find out info on her smoothie sale. That is an example of info changing people. We then asked a question about people interacting with information. We asked a man how many texts he sends a day on average. His answer was a lot, due to the fact he has a girlfriend.
Information is everywhere. We absorb information.We are affected by information. We change information. And on the other hand, Information changes us and information affects us. We went to interview or simply observe people and their relationship with information. We noticed many things about how information changes people. For example we saw and man walking while reading his newspaper. The reader was probably being affected by new news on the upcoming election, the stock market, and the headlines. Next we observed that a women checked the map of the buses to see which bus to take to get her to her final destination These people are absorbing this information, so that means that the information is changing the people.
Not only does information change us, but we change information. As we all know, social media is the biggest segway to change information. Facebook allows us to add pictures, statuses, and more. This is called changing the information that was already there . While on the streets of Rutgers, we asked many people if they change their statuses, if they tweet, if they upload pictures, and if they blog. We were able to learn that mostly everyone is on one of the above social networks. All these people change information, but the information they view also can affect them.
Clearly, Information and people are interconnected: Information changes people, while people change information.
On September 26th, 2012, I went with a fellow classmate on College Avenue to observe how people change information, and vice versa. One of the first things we observed was a blood drive that was going just right outside the School of Communication and Information. There was a lady that was giving out fliers and giving people information in regards to giving blood. We automatically saw this as information changing people. The lady was essentially giving out information, and this information helped to change people. We observed that a few of the people who were affected by this information actually decide to donate their blood.
We also interviewed a couple of people about their usage of Facebook, e-mail, Twitter, and other social media. We mostly asked them about how often they use these things, and what they typically use them for, whether its to update their statuses, post pictures and other creative works, and etc. This can be seen as people changing information.
People changing information and vice versa is not limited to just social media or even online. These are concepts that are done in our every day lives, and we pretty much have been witnesses to these events since we were babies, whether its with learning our first words, or just telling someone about a party, and so forth.
Information and people, one can not exist without the other. They work together in a way that is not just one affecting another but the two working together, affecting each other on many levels. Until I got to the Republic of the Web seminar, I just really thought about how information only affected and influenced people. It is does not work that way, it’s a vice versa situation.
After doing the research on the street this past Wednesday, it opened up my eyes to how much people can change information. I knew people produced information to some degree but it seems like with everything the internet has to offer now, that has increased exponentially. Seeing the results from the little bit of research we did, it was clear how much we change information through our Facebooks, Twitter,s or email accounts. Social networking sites has offered so much to those wishing to change information. Even this blog post is allowing me to change information.
Throughout the world as we know it, information has been changing people. We were introduced to the web, which allowed the human race to communicate with more ease and to receive information faster. The information that was given was shared among nations and connected everyone as one. Social media sites popped up, attracting more and more people to the web, allowing a solid community to be formed for each website. These communities influenced newcomers of what is right and what is wrong. For example, when someone doing something wrong, most of the time, another person will point it out. Also, to get a business started, one would have to get the business or the product known to the public.
Information is spread daily. From radio to advertisements, information is what makes the human population strong. We see Steve Jobs as the prime founder of Apple Inc. However, the truth is, Steve Wozniak is the creator of Apple I computer and the Apple II computer. People disregard Steve Wozniak for Woz did not spread the information like Jobs had done. Jobs put Apple on a business perspective as Woz had not. Because of this, Jobs was put to fame and not many people recognized Woz.
The true way to get information to change people is through the internet. No one is everywhere and cannot experience what happened unless people spread it through word or most likely, the web.
During my studies in the Republic of the Web Byrne Seminar, my perception on how people consume information has really grown and adapted. Not only do I see the Internet as a way for people to consume information, I see how the information from the Internet has expanded into the world; affecting our day to day lives.
During the last time we met for the Byrne Seminar, the entire group was assigned to investigate and interview how people consume and create information. At first, I felt it would be hard to notice any observations that were not the usual “someone is checking their phone” or “someone was reading a newspaper”. But after stepping outside, I noticed everyone is constantly absorbing and creating information, whether it is intentional or not. People are glued to their phone and MP3 devices, people still talk to others and listen to people on the street talking about a cause. Even those that are idle are still absorbing information; they see and advertisement on a building, or make judgments on a person based on their dress.
This isn’t a new trend in human behavior, either. In the past, people would absorb this information, leaving it to remain in their minds. Now, the Internet is a publishing playground, where people are constantly observing their day and creating information on the Internet. This is the new trend in human behavior, the widespread creation of information to the rest of humanity.