The Democratization of Knowledge



           The democratization of knowledge can be interpreted and viewed in many different lights, some positive, some negative. To mean the democratization of knowledge seems more like a movement of some sort. This movement can be defined as the creation and spread of knowledge by any common person, which differs from past times when knowledge was only distributed through “elites” such as politicians, academics or anyone who held power in an elite organization. With the technological boom and the easy access to Internet almost any type of information can be obtained and easily available to the general public. In my opinion, this movement is extremely positive for the enlightenment and education of people. Now anyone can become educated or well versed in almost any subject, whereas in past times only the elite were educated. I think this change breaks the barrier between classes. This is because technological and social developments have created a world where information is easy and cheap to access, which has broken the barrier between the elite and the “common” person. The more someone knows the more power they have. Knowledge should be used to enlighten, enrich and broaden the views of every person. By knowing as much as possible in many different subjects into allows one to see a situation from many different perspectives and analyze life in a completely different manner. Websites like Google or Wikipedia open up a world of easy access to any topic, allowing any person to chime in and share their knowledge with others. Not only is this access to knowledge breaking the barriers between classes but also it is breaking barriers between distances. With easy access to Internet people from all around the world can communicate, share and connect information and much more with each other with just the clicks of a keyboard. These are the many reasons why I feel that the democratization of knowledge can only benefit our society by making the general public more intelligent and stronger as a whole.

            Although I for one see the many positives of the democratization of knowledge I can see the negative sides of it. The easy access to information is effective in learning general knowledge but it does not and should not take away from the experiences that come along with learning. Experience and repetition are the key tactics to truly understanding and comprehending a concept. So although, it is great to have easy access to any information one may need it is vital that it is understood that this information should be used only as a tool to add to our current wisdom and knowledge and if we want to become truly versed in a subject then experience and traditional learning must be implemented as well.


  1. I agree. I definitely believe that our culture has become increasingly more reliant on the Internet, thus changing the way in which we learn knowledge and information, and the way that we experience it. I agree that it is a positive as well as a negative- because the more information that is out there yields more information to be learned, although it may neglect real life experiences to witness and use these learned informations.

  2. A great example of this is websites like Coursera where hundreds of colleges and universities across the globe provide free online classes to people around the world. Millions of people who have access to internet have joined these courses are benefiting from it. In addition to Coursera, other individual universities have such free online classes for their global pupils. One can “graduate” from such programs and get certificate of recognition. Last year, in the midst of the Syrian civil war, a young man managed to complete six Coursera courses.

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