I’m sure every one would love to think that if something is online, it is true. The truth is that not everything online can be true either.
There are people out there who create fake stories online and other people believe in what they are saying. This is one of the worst things online that can happen online.
People love to talk around, I’m sure I do, and by the time something gets to you or to someone else, it can be an entire different thing.
It’s like that telephone game where the last person always hears something different than the first person.
Just because it’s online, doesn’t mean that it is real and exist.
Now what about the people that aren’t online? Are they a part of our imagination and do not exist in the real world.
It has been said that only 1 out of 5 Americans are online. That can add up to a lot of people.
I know that sometimes if I can’t find a person on Facebook, I would say to myself that they aren’t real. If you think about it, Facebook is ONE website out of who knows how many sites out there.
I know that it’s not true that if something isn’t online, then it doesn’t exist, but in my head it just seems easier to see it that way.
Some people just like it better to not be online and be in their community.
Learning about new things on the web for me isn’t so hard. I feel like most companies out there try to fit things online around us, the users.
With new things coming out, like faster internet or better applications, companies will try their best to make it easy for us to get their content online.
It doesn’t take much for someone to know how to get around online.
My niece was around 3 when she first started watching YouTubes videos. Sure she didn’t know what she was doing, but she was able to go around and watch different videos.
Also, with all these social networking sites, news aren’t basically just words anymore but can be images.
A couple of days ago, when the Boston marathon bombing happened, I found out through Facebook. The first thing I saw was a picture of the bombing and on the picture it said, pray for Boston.
It doesn’t seem like it takes much for us to realize what is happening anymore. With one picture, we put in our head that something must’ve happened.
Because of the web, I feel like we have gotten used to seeing more of a visual instead of an actual article.
It feels like anyone can be on the web and know what they are doing, because of such small reading that is being done online now.
Every time I read a book, my brother would always ask me why I read for fun and who does that anymore. He says he would rather have a summary of what happen or wait for a movie to come out for the book.
With the web being around, most people have gotten used to the easy way around things.
When using a search engine, you can type a word and it could be found in the articles for you already. You don’t even have to read each article word by word to find what you are looking for.
I feel like people tend to skim through articles online more than read it. Even I skim through some articles that I don’t want to read.
If I was looking for a certain word, I would skim the article and continue reading from that point.
I don’t feel like the web is making anyone stupid but it just makes us used to shorter lengths of texts on a page. From Facebook feeds to Twitter status, these are only about 140 characters or less.
So why would we continue to use the web if it makes us read less?
We want information fast and straight to the point.
Many websites like to keep their old articles up and that is because the internet can be a powerful thing.
With a click of a button, you can find stories from the past. The web can be your new permanent record.
So if you do change an article from the past, wouldn’t that mean you are trying to rewrite history?
I’m not sure about anyone else but I personally feel like if it’s already news and an article, changing it online doesn’t change anything that HAS happened.
A comment that you made years ago is what made you who you are today. Even though you may have different opinions now, it doesn’t change a thing you said a few years ago, even if it gets deleted from the web.
Another thing is that I feel like if a site deletes an entire article because it is false, they are lying to people and not correcting what they have said. Deleting the article doesn’t solve everything.
Imagine if there were one hundred people who read an article and that article was deleted in the next minute because it was false. If the article was never fixed, those hundred people would have false information.
Sure it doesn’t sound like a lot of people, but what if those people goes online and spread that false information around, since they haven’t gotten an update that it was not true.
You cannot rewrite history, but you can correct it.