I. Quotes About Knowledge

“The more data banks record about each of us, the less we exist” – Marshal McLuhan

Everyday we establish doing something new on earth. Most of the world’s population’s life evolves around electronics. Around 2.027 billion people use the internet everyday and in 2009,  4.052 million people used cell phones, according to Siri on the IPhone. Humans insert their personal lives into websites or apps that collect their personal information. I found it interesting that when people use Wolfram Alpha, especially the face book report that it can do, the report tells the user interesting facts. But people do not pay close attention to the fact that the online website collects data about them in the mean time. There are a ton of other websites that collects information about us. Social networking websites collect data about us as we sign up for a website,  create posts, repost images and like images that come up on the site. We also post our own images we take where it can be put on either public or private, but someone would always see the image. This is a way to express ourselves, and is another “data bank” collector, collecting our interests and personality. Banks contain information with almost the whole population’s economy, as they record our money input and withdrawal from the bank. Doctors are also like data banks as they record information about our health. All of these that represent some sort of data bank will keep collecting more and more information each day, and soon we will live in the future where everything about each individual will be known at least to some sort of data bank. With all these data banks out there, when it is all put together, the information will compile and soon data banks will know more about each individual self then the individual self knows about their own self. The only set back is that no one would be able to hack the human’s mind and read everything in that mind in a long time.

II. Questions About Knowledge

Why does man have an insatiable need for information and a drive to “share”? Is it true to say “We think because we share” (a parody of Descartes’ “I think therefore I am”)?

Some people do not hold the desire to share their personal thoughts and interests. But, yet others do. It all depends on each individual’s personality that makes everyone unique. Sometimes people have a drive to “share”, because it makes them feel important to be noticed. Other people do not need the attention to feel important. With “we think, therefore we share,” people can place all their thoughts into the hands of the public. But, not everyone feels the need to have to tell everything to everyone to feel accomplished. Some people are scared to share their own creations or thoughts, as it can be intimidating, but on the other hands extroverts tend to share everything and they enjoy being involved with other people’s personal interests.

III. Readings 

 “Knowing Knowledge”

Quote: “To function in the development pace of society today, we are required to rethink our skills and processes.” Pg. 83

Everyone holds different pace levels at different activities in the human world. Not everyone can keep up with the pace that the world consists of and humans are not perfect. In order to develop with the pace of society, we must correct our mistakes and rethink our process that caused this mistake to occur. Then, we must trace back to the error and furthermore correct it to catch up with society.

Quote: “The power to speak exists for everyone ..The power to be heard still pools.” page 64

I agree 100% with this quote. Humans hold the ability to speak, which gives them power to share information, and their own thoughts and knowledge. In order to gain the attention of the world, we must create some type of huge phenonemon to capture the audience’s attention. Perhaps recognition would be needed or super true answers must be answered. Once the audience’s attention is captured, information can be passed on from one person to another. This influences a whole butterfly effect as when one thing occurs, another huge thing will occur right after.

“How the Internet is Changing What We Think We Know”

Quote: “Information is easy, knowledge is difficult.”

When I read this quote, I had the urge to decipher the meaning and difference of the words “information” and “knowledge.” Information is handed down straight from the platter, while knowledge consists of having the experiences to gain the information. Most students just capture the information for quizzes and tests, while on the other hand, few students are able to capture knowledge. With information, humans tend to just go through the phrases of memorization, while with knowledge, humans contain the capability to analyze a certain topic inside and out, going into various levels on this certain topic. I feel that students in high school should have knowledge more than information, since it would place a huge positive impact in their lives in the future.

Quote: “Having “information at our fingertips,” clearly, sometimes makes us skip the hard thinking that knowledge requires.”

It is human nature to go to the easier path in life than the harder path, although the harder path would possibly end up advantageous in the future. By having the information at our hands, we would not work as hard as we would need to if we needed to understand and analyze the actual knowledge. With knowledge, more thinking is required as the human mind must understand the subject completely. Unlike knowledge, information would be memorized just for a moment in life, than forgotten perhaps the next day, next week or the next year…

IV. Must-See Video Playlists and Articles (Choose 3 themes).

1). Encyclopedias

I feel that the majority of the world’s population relies on the internet instead of the encyclopedia, which holds tons of valuable information. The internet is expanding everyday and is holding tons of more information compared to the encyclopedia. With the internet, everyone must question whether the information on each source is relevant or not. Unlike the internet, cyclopedias do hold information that can be directly received. But, I feel that there is a ton of information that both encyclopedias and the internet can receive to be an open-source to the public. Both are also user-friendly, but I think that most people go to the internet before looking into the encyclopedia to the section that gives a huge debrief about the topic. Encyclopedias do not give huge amounts of information about a topic, so it can only be use as one of the sources for a research paper or project. In order to trust websites, we must look into websites like: .org, .gov… or in order to trust information from a .com – website, we must look at several websites to check if the information gained is most likely correct (although there may be errors in the information). Also with Wikipedia, although we are tempted to go to it for information, we must keep in mind that anyone from anywhere are able to edit the information that goes onto Wikipedia.

Wiki means quick in Hawaiian and it is a special website that allows many people to contribute to the content.

What I learned from this video, is that people are able to discuss about a certain topic and have their voices heard across the world with other viewers or writers who are interested in the same topic. People are able to tell their views in Wikipedia, which can also be used to broaden the knowledge of points and views for students in high school or colleges.

“Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject, so you know that you are getting the best possible information.”

I found this quote from this video to be a bit funny, due to the speaker’s seriousness when he speaks this quote, somewhat sounding sarcastic in a serious way. This is because he speaks how anyone can write on Wikipedia so we should know that we are getting the best information, but even someone who is not so smart has the ability to edit this website, giving it false information. So, it is ironic how this quote “Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject, so you know that you are getting the best possible information,” holds a twist. Perhaps, Wikipedia does hold some factual information that can be easily accessed and understood, but what if a particular page holds false information? I wonder where encyclopedias gather their information. This question pops up into my head as to “how reliable are encyclopedias?”

From the TED talk and the “Reinventing encyclopedia game”, it is interesting how this game starts off searching a random topic and ending up looking at a different topic. I enjoyed learning about random facts that I haven’t heard before

Theme 2: Digitization

Perhaps if books were online, students would look into books rather then random websites as sources. Since online would be more accessible across the four corners of the globe. Also, books published online may be free similar to a library online. So, people would be able to have their own library at home.

If libraries went online, I would think that some people who are in need for physical contact to concentrate, would prefer the actual way of reading and holding a regular book. I know that if there is a 10 page article to read online for a class, I tend to print it out and highlight important information. This is easier for me then to read and stare at a computer. I do not believe that libraries would vanish, because for people like me, I would rather read a physical book when it comes to huge readings. But, I do prefer just Googling for answers to simple or perhaps even  difficult questions online preferred to books, even for a research project. I just cannot stand reading a huge article online as I get tired of viewing the same website for hours and would need the physical contact of flipping pages with a book to keep me focused.

What I like about computers is that it is more eco-friendly compared to books as we don’t need to waste paper. For those who are able to maintain their focus online, they are able to save trees.

People are all different and we all have our own unique personalities and preferable things that makes us different. This is what makes the world contain a variety of options in life. So for researching, we have the option of using a computer or going to the library.

 “about 50% of it is written in English.”

“we get each sentence translated by a bunch of different students and then we pick the best one. The best one is as good as one that would come from a single professional translator.”

Theme 3: Libraries

With libraries, it has been the most common source and work –area  for research papers and projects in the past. Eventually computers would be able to access information that is implemented into knowledge that books contain in libraries. So far, computers have been a huge competition for libraries as it is stealing the attention away, being an easier access as people would be able to access information at home, school, etc. Libraries are all over the world, just like the internet. The purpose of libraries are more for holding books and anyone between any age can read.

“The first place I go to for information is Google, I just don’t even think about it, I just Google search.”

Data spreads throughout the world faster online

“I usually start with an internet search for information, and then I’ll go to online journals or to books.”

More and more information are added to the Internet. Tech has a huge impact on the way we access information these days. It is making information mobile.




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