By word of mouse

Friday, July 10th, 2009 | communication

You heard it at the water cooler.  Or was it during passage gossip?  You can’t remember – but it doesn’t matter, you heard it through the grapevine.  Information came to you by word of mouth.

Things have changed.  These days you hear it by word of mouse.  Yes, news is only a mouse click away.  You hear it via Twitter, or Plurk, or Facebook, or a blog, or a wiki, or an email.

Is there a difference?  Not really, except that the world has shrunk incredibly.  And as the world gets smaller, your sources of information get more and bigger. 

No longer do you have to depend for information on a few people who happen to be working in your office, or live in your house, or in your neighborhood – folks who are probably as uninformed as you are.  With the click of a button you have access to world experts – the world’s information is on tap for you.  Accurate information – relevant information.

Are we not privileged to live in this wonderful information age?

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5 Comments to By word of mouse

Sharon Elin
Friday, 10 July, 2009

You’re so right, Kobus! Thanks to the internet, the world has shrunk enormously. I hear and learn from friends (like you) in South Africa and Australia and Canada, etc. as frequently as from friends in my own town. No wonder my brain is exploding most of the time! It’s constantly engaged and full of new information! I love it ~

Susan Myers
Friday, 10 July, 2009

Disinformation passes just as quickly now. Anyone emptying their junk mail sees hundreds of promises that are easily broken. Sites like Snopes exist because bad information passes so quickly and so easily and is believed.

That is the cynical side of me. :)

Mark C
Friday, 10 July, 2009

I keep in touch with my ex-students, ex-colleagues, friends and family via Facebook. This is great since many of them are working overseas or have emigrated.
Recently I ventured onto Twitter and don’t know all the ins and outs yet, but checking out interesting things other people are doing makes the mind work over-time.
My blog is coming along except I take quite long to write something (writer’s blog or something?). I visit other people’s blog and comment a lot as you can see.

I started a wiki, which is standing still. The challenge is the time to keep these things going.

All-in-all I love this medium.

kvanwyk
Saturday, 11 July, 2009

Good point, Susan. While we have access to unlimited information, we need to be aware of misinformation … that is another survival skill we have to learn: evaluating information resources.

Mark, I applaud your efforts to explore the use of electronic media – that is most definitely the way to go!

ALBIE
Saturday, 11 July, 2009

Information is important. I must also just comment by writing down the fact that in the past, the printed media was also “feeding” us as citizens with “misinformation”. BUT….now with the electronic version, we can at least “compare”, search, checked and so on the mis / wrong information. That is the advantage of the electronic by the “word of the mouse” let us “left” and “right” click to find out what is “wrong” and what is “right”.

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