These days, it seems, everything has to do with internet, at least when technology is in question, when gadgets are in question and so on. For instance, these days, you can buy a tooth brush that has the ability to access internet, for some reason. Every new gadget has to come with the feature to go online and everything that cannot go online is considered outdated. We do a lot of our work online, some of us do all of it and most people have started using internet as the primary mode of communication. It is safe to say that internet has become an inseparable part of the lives of people in the western world and in the better part of the rest of the world. It is the technology of the moment although it has been around for less than 20 years, at least in the shape in which it exists today.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about internet is that it is a relatively unique technology in that it does not have something that it was built upon. Sure, there have probably been ideas about people communicating with each other using their computers, but let’s say 50 years ago, it was unimaginable. And that is something. There have not been that many technologies that have been that revolutionary and that is the first thing to remember about the internet.
Another essential characteristic of internet is that it is democratic like no other medium of communication and exchanging of the ideas. It is more than reasonably priced and available to a huge number of people. Most of it is still totally free from charge and even though this might change in the future, it is still a wild land where there are no laws and where everyone can do whatever they like. Which can be a good thing but which can also be a very bad thing, as most of us have experienced.
And this free flow of information is perhaps the most important aspect of internet and one that gets overseen these days. For example, there was a study that established that an average internet user today has more access to information than the President of the US in the 80s. And this is a mind-blowing piece of information that is, quite simply, paradigm changing in every way. You yourself can get all the information that you will ever need.
However, there is the banal side of internet that has become more prominent than ever before in the last few years and we can only hope that it is a passing trend. Internet can be used for so much more than trolling people and calling them bastards online. It is more than posting the pics of your breakfast on Instagram. It has the potential to change the world for the better and even though it has already started to do this, it is still an ongoing process.