The spreading of information is empowering. If you need to look for proof, you just need to look at history. When we began to speak, we started off by the spreading of information. Soon, we had developed schools or educational institutions where we could spread out our knowledge and teach the newer generation.
One of the major developments of the human race was the printing press. The printing press has always been considered as an era-changing invention, not because of how ingenious the creation was, but because of the impact it had on the human race – it propelled the spreading of information. The Printing Press also resulted in many translations of texts which were now accessible to the common masses who could now read and understand the once esoteric texts. That’s one of the reasons why spreading of information is so empowering – it can change your perspective drastically.
But then, how does the internet come in the middle of this? Well – if you look at it, the internet may be compared to the printing press. There are loads of information on the internet.
If you want papers, you can get it on the internet. Plus, it is not like you will only get the modern research from the internet. You will also get old research papers from the 1800s if you want. You get thousands of e-books which you may not even find in your local library. Plus, the news is also becoming electronic – you get e-papers nowadays and news-’papers’ are getting quite outdated. The spreading of information is massive in this internet age – you can say it is the best time to live if you are seeking knowledge and information.
Think of YouTube videos – now, you can even learn coding from YouTube and not require any investment in coding courses!
But even with all this spreading of information, are we getting any wiser? Not quite. There might be a thing called ‘too much information’. And the internet has helped in bringing that out. By feeding us too much information, we have become numbed to growth.
Information helps us to widen our mental dimension. It can be referred to as food for our minds. But when the information becomes too much, it can end up being difficult to process. We end up not growing in our minds but rather snip out essentials of information to suit our agenda.
When we have thousands of information, we try to look for studies which will suit what we believe and in the process, we end up fortifying our beliefs, however wrong it might turn out to be. The internet has helped in the spreading of information on almost everything, including, misinformation. So, if you do have a wrong belief, you can get enough studies to cement your wrong belief.
Plus, internet algorithms do not help either. Internet algorithms will look into the history of what you look at, be it proper information or misinformation, and push even more of that kind of information to you.
It is common knowledge that if you want to be truly wise, you need to look at the information that contradicts your belief. However, if you are only looking at information that supports your beliefs, you are just going to going to remain the same.
In the end, you will be drowning in loads of information, but you will not be any bit wiser than before.