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TRANSPARENCY

 

The Beacon example of facebook in Pavlik is a great example of how scary the Internet can be and how these tech-professionals can get any information that is on the Internet.  There are only the few tech-savy people in the world who can control the Internet’s transparency.  They are totally in power. The average facebook/twitter user cannot perform these functions.  Anything that goes on the Internet, stays on the internet for eternity.  I feel so safe when I set my privacy settings on facebook where no one can see my pictures and only my friends can see any of my information.  My family (especially my much older protective brother) lectures me all the time about facebook and how it isn’t safe.  They e-mail me articles all the time of examples of how people didn’t get the job they wanted because of information found on their facebook.  It is definitely a generational boundary. My generation is much more comfortable with being on the Internet. It’s just how we evolved through our media.

Transparency on the Internet is much more blurred than it is in the offline world.  In textbooks, and encyclopedias we know that the information is factual because it has been through a publisher, whose job is to make sure that every single fact is correct.  It is illegal to publish a book that states untrue facts.  On the contrary, there are trillions of websites out there and only so few people are checking them to see if they are factual.  Take Wikipedia for instance.  It can be a very good website to get some general information about a topic however anyone can post on the website. This is good and bad.  It is good because it includes many different sources that bring all known information together in one central location on the Internet.  It can be bad because some people, “trolls,” post untrue information on the site.  The site is checked by people who do the same thing that a normal publisher would do for a book. (If Wikipedia did not have this, it would loose total credibility). However, the Internet is so large and fast that it would take hundreds upon hundreds of   ‘publishers’ just for Wikipedia to stay truthful 100 percent of the time.  When you post an untrue fact on Wikipedia, who knows how long it will take for someone to realize that it false and take it down.  During that time, thousands of people have seen this false information and there is no way of letting them know that “what you read last week on Wikipedia about so and so is false.”  The Internet is a more popular source and is much faster than any offline source in the world. This is why transparency online is much more of an issue and concern in our media today than it was fifteen years ago.

 

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