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1 The Web: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly The web has become a part of our lives as much as TV or a car has become part of our lives What are the pros and cons of living with the Internet and the web? How has the Internet benefited society? Has the Internet brought about new problems, ones that either didn’t exist beforehand or at least weren’t as prevalent? Is the amount of Internet usage that the typical user invests each week healthy or should we be using the Internet less? What should society be doing with respect to Internet usage? Anything?

2 The Good: Education Distance education – On-line classes, on-line universities – More easy communication with faculty and other students Making resources more readily available – Libraries at your fingertips in many cases, you can view on-line texts and research papers and even if they are not on-line, you can see if a library has what you need and reserve it – Notes (possibly including audio and/or video), assignments and answer keys posted Reduction of paper being used (???) – Do you still print things out when you are downloading, editing and emailing? Students don’t necessarily have to come to class – Helps in case of absence due to illness, work or travel

3 The Good: Brings People Together Social networking – People can enlarge their circle of friends – People are meeting their spouses through the Internet Being able to learn about other places – Visit websites of other countries read about their culture and people read about their history – View images from around the world cameras everywhere! – “Meet” with people of different cultures, see what they are going through over the summer, we witnessed protests after Iran’s presidential election and saw how the government cracked down on the protesters Teleconferencing – Easy way to bring people together to share ideas and work collaboratively

4 The Good: Easy Shopping Why is it good to have easy shopping? – More access to goods a store has limited inventory, usually the on-line versions of the store have access to all of the inventory can’t find it at one store? try another – you don’t have to drive around looking for it – Easier to find bargains – Less hassle no dealing with pushy salespeople no crowds (particularly important during holiday seasons!) While a lot of shopping is still done in person, we find more and more people willing to or even preferring on-line shopping – its often good for the consumer, not necessarily good for the store

5 The Good: Reduction in Waste Reduction in fuel needs – Less driving to stores you can on-line shop at dozens of stores in the time it takes to drive to one – Less driving to work/school telecommunicating reduces the need for costly business flights distance education (or just skipping class because your teacher posts his/her notes) – Less driving to friends houses Reduction in the use of paper – Fewer receipts – Online banking? Do you receive hardcopy bills? – In fact, our greater reliance on the Internet has led to more email and less postal mail less in postage, less paper, less tonnage in materials being moved from one place to another

6 Planning Taking a trip? – Get the city’s weather forecast and things to do – Get maps – Get your tickets, hotel and car rental reservations Driving somewhere? – Check the city cams for evidence of traffic or accidents or read in advance about detours from possible construction projects Want to see if a group of people are available for a meeting? – Use their on-line calendars without bothering them Planning an event? – See how others have made similar plans (e.g., wedding planners) Find out when an event starts/ends, a store’s hours, the available of some resource that you are planning on obtaining (e.g., a library book)

7 The Good: Improved Health Care Webmd: a resource millions of people turn to – Its important to understand that you should still see your doctors, but if you need a quick diagnosis or have a question that experts can provide, its probably available for you Follow medical news and concerns – Pandemics are readily reported – The CDC offers useful information and tips to keep yourself safe and healthy – Websites from the ADA, ACS, AMA, Mayo Clinic to learn about such things as proper dieting, how to prevent illnesses, etc On-line ordering of prescription medication

8 The Good: Anonymity The Internet allows you to voice your opinion anonymously – Share your ideas without reservation on blogs and discussion boards – Be more willing to explore an idea that otherwise might embarrass you Learn and explore by visiting web sites of places you might normally never go to in person On the other hand, anonymity can lead people to say things that they normally wouldn’t say – and shouldn’t – try not to get into flame wars – don’t spread malicious slander or gossip

9 The Bad: Laziness and Isolation How many of you email instead of seeing someone in person? – are we losing anything when we shun physical contact and interpersonal relationships? If you stay in all day on the computer – do you miss out of doing physical activities and getting out in the sunshine? The tv lead to couch potatoes – what is the computer leading to? desk potatoes? Are we less willing to exert an effort because we have gotten used to the Internet? – for instance, you want to get a CD and plan to download it off the Internet, but its not available, so do you skip going to the store because of that?

10 The Bad: Health Concerns We have seen this for decades – increased computer usage can lead to worse health – Lack of exercise Extended computer usage can lead to a number of physical problems – Carpal tunnel syndrome and similar repetitive stress injuries – Worse vision from staring at the computer screen too long – Mental health problems because of constant multitasking, added stress – Worse posture leading to neck and back pain or problems And of course hypochondrya from reading webmd too much!

11 The Bad: E-Waste As a society, we discard millions of pieces of electronics annually – These often wind up in landfills in other countries (yes, we ship our E-Waste to other countries because we pay them to bury this stuff) E-waste contains toxic elements (see the next slide) – Today many companies have efforts to recycle as much E- waste as possible but even so, we discard monitors, system units, cell phones, stereos, televisions, etc at an amazing rate

12 The Bad: Toxicity Electronics manufacturing involves using the following resources (for water, we are talking about pure water) These electronics components will include – Lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium (used in manufacturing), plastic, sulphur, polyvinyl chloride, tin, germanium, gallium, barium, indium, vanadium, beryllium, manganese, bismuth, selenium, yttrium, arsenic, lithium, boron – If not properly handled during manufacturing or disposal, these elements can get into the water table and the food chain

13 The Bad: Impacts on Employment The Internet promotes centralization of resources and greater autonomy – This means that we need fewer people to handle on-site concerns (for instance, fewer salespeople) and possibly fewer branch stores leading to greater unemployment – Due to on-line shopping, smaller companies can’t compete with the bigger companies and many wind up going out of business Additionally, there is a greater need for skilled labor and less need for unskilled labor leading to a shift in employment trends – More white collar, less blue collar – people need better educations to survive today Tendency to offshore less skilled positions to other countries (e.g., India, China)

14 The Bad: Plagiarism, Misinformation Its too easy to obtain resources and too easy to copy them – Whether for a research paper or a business idea – Whether for a piece of music or an image If something is made available on the Internet, it doesn’t mean you have the right to copy it, but its hard to prevent this and anything, once placed in a digital format, can easily be copied, edited and repackaged And with the Internet, its far easier (perhaps too easy) to get a message to millions of people – If the message is misinterpreted or a piece of gossip, the damage can be done before the poster can retract it or correct it – We live in a world of instant sound bites that can cost you your career if you are careless with what you say

15 The Ugly: Bad Influences on Society There are too many things that might be considered harmful to society that are easy to access on the Internet – Porn everywhere – Online gambling – Hate sites, terrorist sites, sites on how to build bombs, etc, propaganda can be found just about everywhere – Violence can be found in computer game sites, news sites and places like youtube this is not just about protecting our children, adults can be influenced as well Its also all too easy to get yourself into a bad situation – shopaholic? blogaholic?

16 The Ugly: Dangers Cyberstalking – Although we are all aware of this danger, people still fall into the trap easily Threats to your privacy – Spam and mailing lists – Identity theft Malware – Viruses, Trojan horses, spyware Phishing – Social engineering, enticing emails, identity theft Computer crimes and cyberterrorism

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