It is generally believed that the Internet is an excellent means of communication but some people suggest that it may not be the best place to find information.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
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The internet is widely considered an excellent means of communication and finding source information. E-commerce for instance is a rapidly emerging phenomenon. Companies, Individuals carry out trade online. They search for potential buyers, while being available as well. In terms of education, E-learning has risen in popularity. The rising trend of using the internet for a billion issues especially source information cannot undermine the more traditional information sources.
Let’s take concours in Cameroon as an example. If a student is interested in writing an entrance exam into the military, he would not get much help online even if he sits on his pc for twenty four hours. It would be quite absurd to even think the concours would be announced online as they are only national qualifications preparing you for employment within the country.
Also though e-learning and commerce have made their mark in the 21st century, some individuals prefer to stick to the conservative. They will rather trade with companies and individuals they can have personal contact with. There is a greater assurance in walking into that company and discovering it is no sham. Besides this, there is the problem of cyber-crime and scamming very much prevalent in our recent times.
Educationally though the internet provides excellent learning resources, it is limited in quite a number of respects. Regarding classical literature, a student can get all the information he needs and more. However in terms of some modern day contemporary works published online for sale only, all the student can get is a short synopsis and not much to work on. The traditional library for instance may provide these books at a cheaper rate and the learner wouldn’t have to bother about shipping.
Despite the flaws described above, the Internet remains a major source of authentic information. Most companies have put their codes, some even publishing their Articles of Association online. Thus you can get a wealth of information only a click away. Concerns about cyber-crime are being dealt with by all nations combined. Petty scammers now make little or nothing, as warning signs are sent by voluntary persons online. The system has been created in a way that it rest on the individual cyber user to determine what information is relevant and what is not. There are also those who fear computers and would rather stick with traditional information sources.
Personally I feel that every source of information has its strengths as well as mishaps, the internet being no exception. However trust means sticking to what works best for you and if it is the internet then go with it.
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