The Limits of the New World

Technology has certainly pushed the limits of human innovation over the centuries, and in so doing, created a prosperous age of development for a steadily rising future. Things that required a ridiculous amount of effort back then, only needs a push of a few buttons to get done now. It’s amazing, and extremely beneficial for all of us in the long run. There is, however, the blatantly obvious flaw in the steady advancement of our world, and that is the Digital Divide.

The Digital Divide, as from what I’ve read on the notes about this particular subject, seems to pertain to a society’s gap of access to technologies, where some members have more freedom in using certain technological devices due to a number of factors like financial access, physical access, and the like. Basically, this is referring to the huge disparity in knowledge and accessibility of ICTs between the upper and lower classes.

I agree with what I read on the notes, that this is a naturally-occurring phenomenon that would resolve itself eventually, but it’s not because of any divine providence, no. I believe that this is what society sees as natural because as humans continue to advance their lifestyles, we need to consume more and more. In doing so, we’re leaving those who haven’t gotten, say, the right things needed to acquire them, and therefore creating the gap that we think is a natural process in our world.

This issue sort of instills the idea that our world is still very limited despite the achievements of humanity as a whole. There’s little we can do to bridge this gap because of how big it actually is, but perhaps focusing on its size is what’s causing the problem to remain unresolved.

There’s a lot of things I can say about this topic, but none of any real educational value, so I’ll leave it with a lasting thought. The inequalities of ICT usage can slowly be fixed if effort is put into helping people learn and gain, so why not focus a bit more of our efforts on that, yeah?


Society and Its Smartitude

Knowledge is wonderful, isn’t it? It’s been one of the key things that fostered humanity’s advancement, and kept us from near self-destruction for thousands of years. Without it, we wouldn’t function nearly as efficiently as we do now, and none of the things we use so commonly today would have existed. “Knowledge is power”, as that one popular saying goes.

As a society, we acquire knowledge through various means, and use that knowledge based on our current needs. Different places require different things, and therefore need to meet other standards of information in order to find resolution. There is no escaping the fact that every socially-constructed environment gets and utilizes all sorts of knowledge to advance themselves economically and socially. A term for this would be Knowledge Societies.

Studying about this, I’ve learned that the term, along with Information Society that pertains to accessibility and availability of information within a society, has been heatedly debated due to a potential degradation of past societies. The argument goes to say that the term discounts the use of knowledge and information in the past and emphasizes importance on the ones we currently use and have need of.

That argument provides a valid enough point; if there wasn’t a need to coin this term before, why bring it up now? And shouldn’t it encompass all societies that use knowledge to expand their economic and social values which – let’s be honest here – almost is every existing society in the past as well as in the present? It shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to apply this, though there are also many other ways to look at knowledge societies; in better light, too.

Well, so long as we continue to advance and give respect to where we once were, I wouldn’t really mind the results of this debated topic, whatever it may be. Suppose I’m the the type of person that goes with the flow, and that either way, this would prove to be beneficial for everyone should they settle it in a peaceful, coordinated manner.

A Brief Experience: Discussion Papers

Ah, papers. Whether you’re a student working through your third cup of coffee, or a professor scanning note after note to ensure a timely and accurate report, you can never be able to truly escape papers. And by that, I specifically mean research papers. There are many kinds, of course, and methods may differ depending on what type it is, but either way, most of it is still the same.

Right now, I’m with a group in the middle of creating a discussion paper. It’s honestly nearly the same as a typical research paper, but there are some things it does not have that the latter has. That makes things sort of easier for us, but we still aren’t set to properly finish it.

Like any other group, we came across some frustrations – still do – as we perform our tasks for the benefit of all. We try and solve any disputes through communication so it doesn’t fester and eventually damage our group as a whole.

Overall, my experience with writing discussion papers remains the same as with writing research papers: stressful, but informative and helpful.

Blurring the Distance: Technology and Communication

Communication: the most basic, integral need any living species require in order to survive and flourish in a world of struggle and strife. Whether through one’s words or actions, it is the medium used to convey a creature’s thoughts toward the main goal of reaching understanding and – to a more idealistic viewpoint – harmony with its fellows and others.

Technology: a tool discovered by humans that has improved nearly every aspect of life; from mundane labor to new feats previously impossible with man’s bodily limitations. Advancement of technology hasn’t ceased since the day it was initialized, and it has become second nature for many  to rely upon it over the centuries.

Both have been needed ever since its creation, and it has inevitably crossed paths when the first few pioneers invented devices like the printer, the telephone, and most importantly, the computer.

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