So we know that technology is a dominant factor of our lives. We know that it’s an essential and entertaining way of communication. We also know that it’s the biggest addiction and guilty pleasure of human beings; pick up your phone for a quick Candy Crush game, and before you know it you’ve missed the homework deadline.
But what exactly do we know about how technology works and its mass usage? Many of us are absolutely shell-shocked when we realise just how much the world of technology and the internet is relied upon every day. This is probably because of our mindset when engaged online; we tend to become self-absorbed, convinced that everything else has frozen in time.
This is why I would like to share a news database that made me more aware of the processes of technology, its major popularity, and the isolation it causes for poorer countries. It is published by the BBC and details how the internet works, the top 100 sites visited by each country, a list of the richest web earners and many other related topics.
I believe this is useful for students studying this module because it increases recognition of everyday technological activity. The site includes a timeline of worldwide net growth, illustrating the power of technology and how accessible the internet has become. It also provides a slideshow which educates on how a web page is efficiently processed and displayed to the visitor. Additionally, there are live counters included, calculating the use of Google, emailing, blogging, and the internet as a whole. The speed of the numbers rising is what I found to be most shocking. The visuality of the data gives a good insight into how much we rely on the internet, further making us question how such usage has actually become possible within the space of just 47 years. For me, it prompted wider and more critical thinking about the technology, which I trust is imperative for studying the media.
I think this database is very student friendly as all information is provided in bitesize amounts, meaning that it is not overwhelming and can easily be transferred into notes for future revision. However, one negative aspect of this site is that some of the data was conducted back in 2010, meaning that it is now outdated. Nonetheless, one can tell that much of the other data has been included for long term reference and is therefore still applicable today.
I hope you find this online resource as helpful and informative as I did. Let me know in the comments which part of the site you found most interesting and why!