Week 1 – Perceptions of the Internet & Rules of Engagement
// Posted by Lois on 05/14/2015 (8:00 PM)
When my group (David, Kendall and Sarah) met to discuss how we view the Internet it was interesting that each of us viewed it as a tool or a “service provider”. We discussed the Internet as a thing such as a bank, source of entertainment, avenue for communication (Skype, email), travel tool, retail outlet, TV, stereo, grocery store, GPS, provider of market research, recruiting tool for employers and employment tool for job seekers…just to name a few. My group did not necessarily view the Internet as a place but a tangible thing.
My perception of the Internet other than what it provides in our day-to-day life is that like anything else it is useful and necessary, but can be a burden and time waster. Many people are hooked on Facebook and spend hours at a time on the Internet reading about what is happening in others’ lives when they could be living their life. I admit, I use Facebook but have scaled way back. I found myself getting hooked on reading about friends and family when I should have been doing other things. So now I check it maybe every other day, keep up with friends and family and I don’t let Facebook monopolize my time. Especially now that we are in summer with longer daylight hours and I can spend time outside enjoying nature.
The Internet will be ever evolving and keeping up with the latest updates is critical for maintaining and increasing work competencies. Those seeking employment must have a high knowledge level of how the Internet works and how most efficiently to extract what you need to do your job. The Internet is a wealth of information including local and world happenings. It has replaced, for some, watching TV for news, reading a book in hand, listening to a stereo or radio, looking at a map to travel or even research in a library. Most college students utilize the Internet for research perhaps more than spending time in an actual library. The Internet is a valuable tool that enhances our lives by keeping us connected to world events and family/friends. It is necessary for almost any profession and has increased an employer’s demand for higher volumes of work output. The Internet allows for increased production, quicker turn around times and therefore is directly impacting the economy. People shop online to find the best price so competition is increased among vendors and retail merchants. The Internet is more than I could possibly write in this blog! It is a wonderful, smart tool that affects every life in some manner. But, there is still a segment of the population that refuses to operate or own a computer – my Mom is an example. She would not have the first clue what to do on a computer. I think the older generations are OK with things the way they “used to be.” Perhaps this makes them feel more of a sense of control because I’m sure they realize how quickly things are changing.
Rules of Engagement
I think the rules of engagement for the class should include deadlines for postings so everyone has an opportunity to comment without having to log on late on a Sunday evening. Respectfulness is important. You can agree to disagree, but with thought and respect when offering a different viewpoint. I’m not as concerned about word count as a lot can be said in a few words just as little can be said with many words!
I think the rules can be simple and clean. Timeliness, thoughtful responses and respect for others’ opinions are important.