“professionals” to “amateurs”


For centuries people have been required to get up at 7am for their early classes, search for hours in libraries for the right book, awkwardly approach your crush face to face to ask them out, basically people did not have the same opportunities that we do, the internet did not exist.  In order to be successful you needed to study and have the right qualifications to practice what you did with the public.  Today, in the 21st century, that seems to have all changed in a way that will revolutionize the world forever.  Education, journalism, socializing, advertizing, shopping, and more has shifted to our miniscule smartphones, ipads and computers.  We have the power and opportunity that our ancestors could only dream of.  Could we call internet a revolution?  It has turned our society around, given us the power to express ourselves to the public, and communicate to a friend across the globe for free and in a matter of seconds.  We have a sort of freedom that people before us did not have, we can communicate and express ourselves with no rules, with no borders.

Today if a citizen wants to express an opinion there is nothing stopping them, all it takes is the click of the send button on whatever device is in front of them.  A person who hasn’t gone to school a day in his life could become the next best-selling author or most notable journalist.  There are blogs and websites that provide news and history and these websites are sited and viewed by millions of researchers and students.  “Established journalists have been forced to adjust to the realities of “citizen journalism” where anyone can start an online news source and compete with large-scale players. Teachers and professors, too, have been forced to come to terms with the impact of online technology with the emergence of online education and “virtual classrooms“ (http://internetglobalizationclass.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/disrupted-professions-citizen-journalism-education-2-0/).  Technology is forcing employers to change their ways and adapt to this new monopoly called the internet.  Citizen journalism, such as blogs, gives everyone the opportunity to get noticed and send out a message, not only the professionals.  This leads me to question, if today everyone is replacing physical life for the internet, what will our society be like in 50 years?  If everything just going to turn in to one computer?  Although the freedom to express yourself on the internet is wonderful, how do we know who to trust if you are not required any qualifications? Perhaps the internet does cause some dangers.

The internet allows for a certain kind of democratization.  People have the power to review almost any product, restaurant, city, and even professor, making it impossible to maintain a falsely clean reputation.  In order to critique something, your name or background makes no difference, it is only what you say that matters.  “Many people now trust these sites more than they do “professional” critics” (http://internetglobalizationclass.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/rating-ranking-reviewing-everyone-is-a-critic/).  On websites such as yelp, people read the true stories that are unedited, unpretentious, and most importantly unbiased.  These honest reviews are useful for the clients but also ruin the reputation of professionals, businesses and even schools.  For example, because of the website ratemyprofessor.com there is now a list of the top 25 schools with the worst professors.  This list includes Drexel University and Pace, two world-wide respected schools.

This system of communication via internet has opened an infinite amount of doors to society.  Every citizen can get their message across today because on the internet there are no limits, rules or laws.  It is a way of connecting the world, and expressing your ideas in a way that only 30 years ago would be impossible.


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