The Democratization of Knowledge

The consistently changing platforms and digital technologies that allow us to receive every day information continues to challenge the ways in which we interpret different forms of information. As the digital age progresses, we as humans must keep up with day-to-day technology, media, and information. Although, with this advanced technology and media, there have been arguments that it is changing the way in which we view information, versus knowledge, and by what means we trust every piece of information provided to us by the obis that is known as the Internet. The democratization of knowledge over the past decade has changed the way in which people view and interpret knowledge. Although being able to access infinite amounts of information at just the click of a button is incredible, as well as extremely convenient, it has also proposed controversial allowances that include copyright infringements, excess of information (that may or not be truthful), and ubiquitous resources, all of which have changed the way that we view the nature of information and knowledge. With all of these incredible resources, we have been able to become “experts” at almost anything we want to be, all because it is accessible and provided by the Internet. Although, there is a major difference between true renowned experts, and busy Google users who deem themselves educated through search tabs and provided research essays. Referring to the genre of Commons Knowledge by Leah Lievrouw, the forms of information that we view today have been reversed, rather than top-down, today we focus on a bottom-up design which has led us to reorganizing and categorizing information differently that we have in the past, assuming that everyone active on these Internet platforms is an equal contributor of information. Today, we value information that we gather rather than the people who provide it. As a majority of our society becomes less trustworthy of the mainstream media, and resorts to more alternative sources, we are exposing ourselves to different information that may or may not always be reliable, credible, or objective. We are transforming, if we haven’t fully already, into a society that relies greatly on the Internet, and any source that provides somewhat believable information, which a majority of the time completely undermines true knowledge and wisdom. Unless you need quick, resourceful facts – you are better off going to a library and researching through real books – written by real experts.


“You can’t put anything on the Internet that isn’t true.” This commercial below pretty much sums up the democratization of knowledge, and our over-trust for the Internet. I laugh every time!


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  1. Your link to the commercial is a perfect example of how we interact with the internet. It seems that our entire lives now revolve around the internet. Although it’s a commercial, it truly depicts the lack of interaction between humans face to face. Relying on the internet to find a companion is the new motto of our society. There are countless commercials and websites that promote services to connect with someone. But how can you really connect with someone who you haven’t even been able to see, touch, smell, etc. The show I think of as well when watching that commercial is Catfish. Everyone seems to rely on what they read or see on the internet and seem to believe that what they’re seeing is true. Catfish is the epitome of being lied to on the internet but what is so shocking is that fact that the person who was fooled is extremely devastated and can’t believe that someone had the “nerve” to lie to them over the internet. The ways we interact continues to change and I can’t even imagine what’s next.

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