The Digital World Reality

Welcome back!

The topic of discussion this week is very interesting to me.  That is, how the Internet and beyond has influenced our society today.

The Internet has been around for decades, but it has really “taken off” in the last 15 or so years, in my opinion.  This has in turn really shaped the world we live in today.  Much of our daily plans revolve around the Internet in some way- interacting with others on social media, using the Internet for our jobs, using apps for a wide variety of tasks throughout the day.  It is crazy to me to think about how much our world is shaped by the Internet.

During class last week, I found it especially eye-opening when we spoke about how children today often have a digital footprint before they are even born.  On a daily basis, I see pregnant women sharing pictures of their bellies or their ultrasound pictures, on social media platforms.  Therefore, these unborn children are already plastered on the Internet without even having a birth certificate.  That is not something I worry about, for myself, because these social media platforms were not around when I was a fetus/new born.  I can find photo albums in my basement with pictures of me in my moms belly or when I was first born, but that’s the only place they can be found.  Whereas my little brother who is 15 years younger than me has pictures of when he was first born on Facebook (Guilty, I took part in this).

When my little brother was born, I was 15 years old and I was pretty excited about his arrival (I didn’t think I was ever going to be a big sister up until that point).  So, the day he was born, I uploaded a handful of pictures to Facebook.  Thinking back now, I wonder if I should have done that.  Since then, I have uploaded countless more pictures of him.  I sure hope he doesn’t come to sue me when he’s older- like that guy was doing to his parents in the shared article in class!

In the video by Michael Wesch, it is so interesting to see how far technology and the Internet has come in just over 10 years since that video was made.  The screen on his computer looks so different from what it looks like now.  I also hardly even recognized YouTube when he was on that web page, because it looks so different now.  That just shows how far the Internet has come.  As well, at the time of this video being made, no one was making money from YouTube yet.  Now people have careers based around uploading videos to YouTube- that is especially crazy to me!

This is a topic that could be a whole class in itself, I’m sure.  The Internet has evolved a lot, but it is just going to continue to grow and grow and grow…

Who knows what will be the next big thing to come from the Internet!

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