Information- The Most Valuable Resource

Information is single handedly one of the most important things.  Due to the fact that information is so easily accessible is why ignorance is slowly fading away.  No longer do you have to rely on a few extremely bias news stations or big news papers.  All you have to do is open up google on your smartphone and anywhere at anytime all of the worlds information is at your finger tips.  It is easy to see why being informed about any situation is always better than being ignorant.

Research on any given topic can be completed faster and way more efficiently which causes the study to be able to go into more detail.  It could be argued that this makes people lazy and now they do not have to read through long books and catalogs to find what they are looking for.  However, this is not the case.  People are not lazier now they just do not have to sift through a library to find all of the relevant information they need.  Just like human body hair and wisdom teeth; sifting through a library to find information is no longer a useful trait.

When information is not easily accessible the consequences are never good.  Look at North Korea, all of the people there have no idea what the outside world looks like and similarly with China.  China recently just blocked instagram and CNN (ironically not FOX, even they know FOX is not news) because they know the power of information and riots are currently going on in the streets do to this injustice.  If knowing information is knowledge and knowledge is power; then isn’t information the root of all power?

The Influence of Information

Information is the building block of human civilization. Without the extensive knowledge we have, society would not have progressed as far as it has. Information changes people in both social and educational ways. When someone learns a new piece of information about another person, there opinion of them may change in either a positive or negative way. For example, if you learned that your best friend hooked up with your girlfriend, you would never speak to or trust your best friend ever again. Without that information, your opinion would have never changed. Information also changes people in an educational way. The more information you have, also known as knowledge, naturally the smarter you will become. You will be more educated and well-versed in multiple topics of discussion and research.

Despite information changing people, we have the ability to change information. This can be done in a misleading way, or by proving that past information was not factual. Somebody can lie and present false information. In this way, that person is literally changing the information for their own benefit. For example, if you tell someone the easiest class to take at Rutgers is General Chemistry that is false information because there are countless less intensive classes. Another, more honest way information can change is when people discover that the past beliefs were invalid. For example, it was common knowledge in the past the Pluto was a planet. However, scientists did more research and discovered that Pluto is actually not a planet. This shows that people can change information in an accurate way, as well.

The Importance of Web 2.0

Prior to the advent of “Web 2.0,” the internet was a generally single-faceted entity: information was published by corporations and the general public consumed that information. It was a “one-way street,” so to speak. But since the development of Web 2.0, information is able to travel in all directions from innumerable sources. This has not only benefited society as a whole, but it has benefited me personally. The evolution from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 is the single greatest change in the way the internet operates and has impacted my life tremendously. Because of this advancement in the internet, the interaction of people with one another is a simple process.  It allows for me to communicate with my friends whenever I want and wherever I am. Not only can I communicate with friends, but I can also talk with strangers from all corners of the globe; we can share information, bond over hobbies, and play games with each other without having to travel. Maintaining friendships has never been easier, and neither has shopping. Web 2.0 isn’t just about communication — it’s also about commerce.

In today’s age, online shopping is as commonplace as going to a store to purchase a something. Anyone can offer their services or products online, and anyone can purchase them. eCommerce has brought an entirely new dimension to the buying and selling of products, services, and information. I particularly enjoy the convenience of online shopping: it’s fast, it’s easy, and I can usually find anything that I need online. In fact I cannot imagine the development of online shopping to have anything but a positive effect on economies around the globe.

The advancement of Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 has done nothing but good for myself and for all of society. Without it, the world would be an entirely different place.

Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0

I grew up on what I suppose is now called Web 1.0. The days where you had to choose between having your home phone work or being online. Images took a good 30 minutes to fully load and AOL was as recognizable as Google is today. Those days the internet didn’t mean much to me. I didn’t have the patience to wait for that screeching dial up sound to let me know after 15 minutes of a what sounded like a cat dying inside our giant Gateway box monitor that I was finally free to use AOL instant messenger. Back then, a phone call was quicker. However fast forward about 15 years and now the internet is everything but what it used to be. People don’t have the patience for patience. Instant gratification is no longer a commodity like a rich neighbor who got DSL before you but instead a standard. People become easily frustrated and lose interest almost faster than the time they expect an Imgur page to load in. Web 2.0’s changed a lot from the internet I met when I was a kid and that’s not to say it’s all been for the best. Detach yourself from your screen for a moment and take a look outside at most teenagers walking along a populated sidewalk for an easy example. Count how many are walking forward yet glued to a mobile device. Count how many aren’t. I’d bet the former variable would double the latter. The internet’s changed communication and access of information but also changed things offline too. Socialization among people is much different today than what it used to be. You have people who’d rather showcase a life via an online profile than actually live it. Some people even choose to avoid living their lives offline losing themselves in programs like Second Life or World of Warcraft.

Web 2.0 definitely has it’s advantages but not without some unfortunate disadvantages.



Web 2.0

The very presence of a 2.0 in the name indicates a total overhaul of structure. Web 2.0 makes the former consumers into producers as well, and the effects on the Internet-savvy crowd is immense. Forums and imageboards were the earliest forms of idea-sharing that incorporates the sharing of ideas, and later on microblogging platforms ensured that many people were able to have a voice. Now, social networking has became the most popular form of information sharing, and has become an irremovable part in modern life. With the increasing popularity of smartphones, it’s almost impossible to live without any form of social media. Before I got an iPhone, I often felt left out in many things; I would rely on my friends to text or tell me about information, instead of able to send quick and concise messages through services like iMessages and SnapChat.

With the fast spread of information, comes the fast decay of interest as well. Viral videos pop up from time to time, and are forgotten as soon as they popular. Twitter campaigns or Kickstarter fundings often generate the most interest at its inception, and often need to generate continuous heat to reach their goal, or it will be forgotten completely. Activism on the internet becomes creative through the usage of hashtags and buzzwords, and use this to promote their cause through participation. Internet activism is often criticized for its lack of real substantial action, but the critics often overlook an important fact: the goal of the activists often is to raise awareness of a subject to the general public. Web 2.0 involves the human factor in spreading information, and because of this, it is replacing other forms of communication.

The revolutionary evolvement of the Internet

The Internet is one of the greatest inventions of our generation. The Internet has changed the way we live our lives, but it wasn’t always like this. Previously the Internet was mostly for viewing information, but as time went on the Internet evolved to a better version that allows us to give information, gain information and interact with people across the globe. The new version of the Internet is referred to as Web 2.0. The invention of Web 2.0 has led to a myriad amount of new inventions and new ways to utilize the Internet.


Personally, Web 2.0 is one of the greatest achievements of the 21st century. I grew up with the Internet as it evolved from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0. As the Internet evolved it led to the inventions of new technologies like the smartphone, which is a huge part of our daily lives as college students. Web 2.0 has helped me in many ways especially in school, it allows students to research and process information in a much more efficient manner. It has also provided me lots of entertainment via youtube, e-books, and social media. Websites like facebook, myspace, twitter, instagram etc. are all the result of the invention of Web 2.0. They have helped people get information and interact with people across the globe in seconds. The internet has impacted all aspects of our lives from education to entertainment and it will continue to evolve and get better.


Web 2.0: The interactive web

Web 2.0, a buzzword coined by Darcy DiNucci and was popularized by Tim O’Reilly to describe the “next version” of the web. No real technical updates really happened. Instead what changed was the way we used it; Instead of passively reading content that the website owner creates, we actively create and share content. Think of the comparison between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 to listening to a lecture on a topic and discussing it in a group. Because of this social factor, the web is now much more than a static information source.

When I was first introduced to the internet as a youngin, I was amazed at the boundless sea of information that I saw. To think that instead of going out to a library, people have just made websites about space and other things i needed to write homework about. It was the greatest thing for lazy little me. But it was not until much later that I discovered much of what Web 2.0 was about. YouTube and video game forums are how i discovered that the Web wasn’t just a static entity for my viewing. Anybody could create content and share it with everyone, share their knowledge with the world, and even discuss their hobbies with people with similar views. This is when it hit me that Web 2.0 was a thing. Nowadays, thanks to Web2.0 I’m able to communicate with friends and family from around the world in an instant. And because of that, what seems like miles-long gaps are now nothing.

Web 2.0

If I was asked how the expansion off the Internet has affected my life by a peer, I might say halfheartedly that it has helped me find more entertainment in my spare time: but that would be a lie. The vast improvements made to the internet through the years I have been alive have done so much for my advancement as a not only a student but also a human being. While I may be able to find aid while trying to complete my Calc homework through online resources. I can also find works and articles that have helped mold my views and beliefs on certain subjects and discussions that normally only adults would be concerned with. I would say in truth that the internet has helped me mature (of course this is ironic considering I still frequent sites like Reddit while looking at pictures of cats) as an individual through the examination of events and discussions occurring around the world.

By growing up in a small and consolidated town in which most other children knew only the town and its immediate surroundings as their world, I was never too concerned about the events occurring outside of the “bubble” that my peers and I knew. But through the internet I was able to view different perspectives, life changing perspectives, throughout the world as an observer. While there may be a whole mess of terrible actions committed around the world, there is also an even greater amount of charity, beauty and kindness that thrives in the wake of terrible events that grip both communities and even entire nations. By seeing this, I was altered in the way I went about even the most mundane of tasks. I would, even to this day, not take anything for granted and take every ounce of kindness bestowed on me and strive to return that kindness back into my world. Just as the television and newspaper were my parent’s general means of acquiring news, the internet became my gateway into observing the events of the world we live in.


The Internet now, referred to as Web 2.0, is focused not on just viewing information but also input and interaction between people through social networks, blogs, video websites and wikipedias. I was introduced to the Internet by my parents but I did not start to really use it until I started to receive research projects in 6th grade. At first, I only knew and used the Internet to read educational articles. Then, I started watching YouTube. That first introduced me to Web 2.0. I spent hours each day watching gameplay videos, comedy shorts and vlogs. I still do that but much less. School projects made me use wikipedias, look at news websites and read blogs. Soon I got into Facebook and I was all of a sudden emerged into the new custom of actively viewing content on the Internet.

Web 2.0 is one of the greatest ideas society came up with. The ability to interact with information and other people on the Internet is really beneficial for humanity. By seeing what other people say, one can see what is popular and what different opinions people have. The Internet has become a type of communication that has never been achieved before. It connects people all over the world through a few clicks of the mouse. People who oppose this say that Web 2.0 makes for a lot of false information. This is misleading. One can always find truthful government and universities articles. Furthermore, media has always been untruthful so saying that the Internet started this trend is untrue in itself. Web 2.0 allows me to organize parties with my friends, express to a big audience how unhappy I am with current government and share a funny video from my childhood.

The Cycle of the Web

The World Wide Web was at one a time simply a database full of information. Corporations would put information online and users would view the information. This was a time where there was no real money to be made online, these corporations simply relied on the exposure to bring in more customers; but the web has changed now. The new era of the web is not this linear flow, it is a cycle of profit and information.

The Web 2.0 is a web where information is user generated and the average user is both a producer and a consumer of information. With that reality, along with the help of internet adds the web is now profitable for everybody involved. The web has become a cycle of profit. To start the cycle are the websites that host user created content. These sites are inexpensive to run thanks to the fact that the content is made by the users instead of the website. The more valuable sites also pay the users who make noteworthy content. This is particular visible in Youtube where people can make their living posting popular videos. These websites receive money from advertisers. These advertisers pay the websites to host the adds. In reality however, to many people’s dismay, the websites are selling a product to the advertisers. That product, is the users. The users who are receiving income from websites like youtube, or actual jobs in the real world, pour money back into the system by buying services online. This is the cycle of wealth in Web 2.0, Users selling content to websites, who are selling users to advertisers who then sell products to those users. In the end, everybody makes out okay.