That whole Google thing is incredible!” These were direct words from my 81-year-old grandfather. His generation had to actually spend hours in the campus library, pouring over book after book to find research for that mid-term paper. Now we can just “Google” it.
While it may be that my generation takes the Internet for granted a bit, it’s not to say we do not take advantage of what it has to offer. Personally, the Internet has definitely made life a lot simpler for me, as it has for most everyone else. Here’s why:
Being a person who always wants to know what is going on in the world, I am able to get on CNN.com or another continuous news Web Site and read about the latest political scandals or news from the Middle East. This idea of instantaneous news in one’s hand via the Internet has allowed people from all over the globe to know what’s going on around them.
The Internet has also allowed me to maintain active social connections. Having moved six times since I was eight years old, I have accumulated friends and acquaintances throughout the country. I am able to keep up with them and stay in touch via Facebook and Instant Messenger. My best friend from when I was twelve is still one of my best friends. And the funny thing is, we haven’t actually seen each other in nine years. Thanks to Facebook and IM, we have kept in touch throughout the years and are still part of each other’s lives in a big way.
The Internet has made life in general easier. I am able to do research online, read about celebrity gossip, and even was able to stay in touch with my family and friends through email when I was studying abroad. Hoping to obtain a career in journalism in the future, I know that the Internet will be vital to my job, now that newspapers and other publications are all converging online. In such a fast paced world we now live in, we have to keep up with the constant changes and the Internet allows us to do so.
Janna Quitney Anderson Director of Imagining the Internet aked students enrolled in her Reporting course in Elon University’s School of Communications to write about the Web’s influence on them and also shoot and post a short YouTube video. Janna can be reached at (336) 278 5733
This is one of those videos with the transcript. This Story and Video by Laura Smith, other stories by other students to follow.