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Information Age

 This has been the era in which technology has been prevalent. It is also
known as the Computer Age that has so much change on how we are living
today.

What are the paradigm effects?

 The phenomenal growth of the Internet is a major component of the


information revolution. The Internet has spurred a wave of innovation in
communications technology. Not just computers, but also cellphones,
personal digital assistants, and even automobiles can now link to the
Internet. Eight technology trends:

 Vastly expanded computer power


 Mass adoption of portable and home PCs
 Computers evolve into simple, inexpensive appliances
 Microprocessor-embedded home appliance linked with the Internet
 Consumers radidly move online
 Expansion of communications bandwidth
 Object-oriented programming for customized software
 Increased computer literacy, due to an aging population

 Human relies on the production and sharing of knowledge and


information to achieve profits. Majority of workers are involved in the
creation, distribution, and application of information.

 The society becomes more dependent on handling information than


agriculture and manufacture combined. Where work processes are being
transformed to increase productivity.
Ex.
In the 1930's some 30 million people were involved in farming. They
grew enough food to feed about 150 million people. Today there are only
about 3 million people involved in farming (and that number is declining
every year).

 It also affected the Politics of the economy


Ex.
You are able to find out the party that as the higher polls making it possible
for the other competition to know where they stand at the point of the
election. It is aided the politician to be able to have a wider amount of
supporter or vote in the campaign because they can easily broadcast their
speeches on the web making people like them more.

 The Information Age Is Fostering the Spread of Freedom and Democracy

This is one example of how the Internet delivers much more than
information. We’re seeing evidence that the Internet can play a significant
role in preparing people for the transition to democracy. The Net is open, it
links people across borders, it showcases life beyond the edge of town—
and that feeds a process that prepares people for an open and civil society.

 The Information Age Has Improved Everyday Life


 The Land of Free Stuff – We can access information freely with a variety of sites
that offers a vast of
 Online Education - Proliferation of a new breed of for-profit online institutions
bringing Internet education to the masses. “The Internet will probably be the single
most democratizing force in education”
 Experts Online- From time to time, we need an expert. In such situations, the
Internet has been like a gift from the gods.
Ex. In the old days, authorities were near at hand for expert advice: the village
seamstress on how to make a buttonhole, the blacksmith on how to take care of a
horse’s hooves, or the apothecary on what to do about warts. On the Internet, advice
and answer sites are popping up all over the place, with self-proclaimed experts at the
ready.
 The Information Age also Harms the Society
 More Bad Information - “More and more information of dubious merit
proliferates on the Internet and the World Wide Web.”
 More Barriers Between People - “Technology fosters . . . an excuse to dodge
person-toperson interaction.”
 Discourtesy and Dishonesty
 Losing Our Skills - “The Information Age is rife with cheating and plagiarism.”