More is More
In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, others have extended this line of argument, contending that the Internet can create a marketplace of ideas that will serve society well. In this view of the world ideas and information are like goods in a bazaar, from among which consumers can choose. Through this process, the market will set the correct value for various properties, and good information will be more highly valued than bad information.
In the strong form of this argument, the more diversity and choice, the better.
More is Less
Many believe the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction.
Today’s challenge is no longer to make sure that we have enough information available. The problem is that those born digital may have access to too much information-a challenge addressed in the Overload discussion (chapter 8).
We’re experiencing one extraordinary thing: a real time test if the proposition that more information, from more voices and sources, is better for a society.
It is not clear that the marketplace of ideas works particularly well in a digital world. In cyberspace, the good not always win over the bad and the ugly. It is not the case that all players in this market -especially our children- are equally well equipped, skilled or trained to deal with the tussles over quality that play out in real time on the Web every moment of every day around the world. The cost of the process of getting to the truth matter, too.
The debate over information-quality issues online is ongoing. There is no dominant theory of what to do about it, and there are plenty of open questions. It is one of the thorniest issues raised by internet culture-and we argue with our colleges and students about it all the time.
That said, there are two simple propositions that are easy to subscribe to;
First, the question of information goes right to the heart of what it means to have a free society; and
Second, it’s impossible to discuss the information problem in the abstract.
— J. Palfrey and U. Gasser, Born Digital on Quality (page 160)
The discussion moves on and today, 2016, kids are raised in a completely different world from the one their parents grew.All evidences point that was always like this. But their are not only learning in tablets and internet, but through an increasing interaction between television, video games, social networks and gadgets, increasing their digital footprint and power to reach and achieve. It still only the beginning.
Parenting experience is, and always will be, a huge challenge to each one involved. You have to take good care of what you brought to this world because this is a tough place to live. I mean, you’ll need to take care of content access and consumption, follow closely, be part of it, open mind to understand what’s going on in your child’s reality.
Also the fact that having access to more information during all its growth, childhood and teenager years, these adults will be able to process better information, not only faster and more information (increased throughput), but basically reaching better outcomes for society as a whole. We cannot only pray for future to improve, we have to make it.
We have to keep adapting, changing, embracing and enhancing every aspect of life existence, from learning and education to businesses, transportation, exchange, health & life style, social interaction, government, laws, security, and so on. We have to provide access and extension capabilities to what is now a Platform of Existence, given the possibilities and players involved.