Changing the Shape of Information covers the topic of Uploading and Collaborating online. It truly shows what a long way we have came from not having Internet at all, to having great resources like Wikipedia, Youtube, Blog sites, and community developed software. Internet is the source that truly changed the shape of information. This is shown as the Internet changed the way how information is shared, for before people would have to communicate by either mail, in person, or on the phone. This could cause for complications in the process of sharing information. While today’s method of sharing information online has helped develop a way go get our information directly and correctly to the other person needing the information. In other words, the Internet caused collaboration to be much easier. Information has came a long way since the Internet came along.

Since the Internet came along, many more ways of sharing information came along. This includes sites like Wikipedia and Youtube. It shows that everyone world-wide can share information, and they do not have to be experts. For content can be shared on both Youtube and Wikipedia without being certified or being an expert. These two sites cause for people all around the world to share information. Wikipedia has 25 million articles all shared with different people around the world. As well, Youtube has hundred of million of youtubers, from all around the world sharing content world wide. These two new form of sharing information has caused our online community to grow and globalize. Uploading and collaborating content online is creating a big impact on the world, and will continue in the future. This process is also known as the "Faster Access of Information" and "New Media Boom".


The shape of information has gone from the beginnings of language (sound) to pictograms 25’000 years ago (pictures)(1), to the written language in around 3500 BC(2) (words). The one thing all of these has in common is their small distances. Sound can only travel as far as someone can hear them, and written pictures/words are only in one place at a time. In total, information could only be shared between small groups of people.


Recently, that’s been changing. With the creation of the World Wide Web around 1980 and its more recent rise, the shape of information is now ‘data’. Information is now accessible to anyone, anywhere, no matter where it originated. In the past, it took long times to get information from one continent to another. Now, the world is connected. With optical fibres, information is passing from one computer to another almost instantaneously. In this way, the shape of information has become intangible, as light(3).


We've become wirelessly connected everywhere we go - instead of having to go where the information is, the information can now come to us. Our mobile phones come with us everywhere, causing a near constant flow of information to everyone, everywhere. Collaboration has become a staple of our society - we’re using the intangible information transfer to work with everyone from everywhere. With websites like Wikipedia, we’re collaborating with people we don’t know, sending and receiving this information that’s been sourced to millions of other senders and receivers. This type of access has allowed for a sharing of more information from all over the world.

Previously, students had no part in the creation of publicly shared information. But now, students are doing things like updating Wikipedia articles, uploading videos to YouTube participating in online discussions, and in general getting their information out there. Before the World Wide Web, the ideas and opinions of students would never have been accepted, but with the guise of anonymity students can now contribute their information to various communities. This process has created a whole new world for students. It is in ways like these that the changing shape of information has affected the way we live.

A graph showing the rapid growth of websites since the creation of the internet.
A graph showing the rapid growth of websites since the creation of the internet.
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