How has the media’s objectivity been affected by the explosion of information sources? Will individuals increasingly live in worlds of their own ideological and moral construction by further isolating themselves from competing ideas? Are we entering an era of “choose your truth”? How does information technology further expand the same rifts between civilizations and between individuals in the same communities? How does it bridge those divides?
The media has been adversely affected by the explosion of information sources. It has become a tedious and cumbersome endeavor to accurately locate information sources that can stand to even the slightest bit of scrutinizing. For those who attempt ...view middle of the document...
The public must be educated on the ability to decipher information to minimize their reluctance to learn new facts regardless of how uncomfortable it may make them feel.
As information technology continues to expand, we find that almost anyone can be a self-claimed expert in almost any field, without the cumbersome technicality of having an educational background on the matter they choose to discuss. This issue is further exacerbated when those individuals are given a public platform to convey their poorly substantiated opinions. Now it is important, as it has always been that the individual must take it upon their self to properly research the subject matter before developing an opinion. In this case, information technology has provided people with the ability to easily obtain information from reliable sources.
Information technology has changed the context in which governments must operate. Individual citizens and groups now have the ability to quickly organize and contest or influence the direction and mode of governance. From 24/7 news to flash mobs to blogs to political tell-alls, the rapid flow of information demands rapid results from systems of governance. How has information technology compressed the ability of governments and organizations across the board to implement long-term strategic planning? How has information technology redefined sovereign and cultural borders? How can the government leverage information technology to “fight back”? What kinds of skills and resources are needed by both the people sending the message and those receiving the information?
Information technology has had a wide reaching effect on how people share information. Information technology has opened the doors for everything from the creation of multibillion dollar news agencies and the proliferation of social media to the creation of state sanctioned agencies to monitor and control the spread of information.
With the invention of social media the public has obtained more power to communicate than ever before. The ability to share ideas and facilitate there implementation with amazing speed is a phenomenon that has never been experienced before in human history. This new technology has helped redefine sovereign and cultural borders by bypassing traditional third parties and going straight to the source. A prime example can be seen in the effect that social media has played regarding U.S. and Iranian relations. Though the relationship between the two governments are still as cold as our new winters, the relationships between the people of both countries are starting to grow, challenging the belief that the people hate each other. “For the first time young people in America were connecting with young people in Iran, and realizing they had far more in common than they'd ever thought...