Let’s focus on this graphic shall we:
1. Had no idea the ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA is now out of print. Literally. You can no longer purchase an Encyclopedia Britannica. Good luck, future private library owners, making your library look “legitimate”
2. Didn’t use Encarta much but just that word threw me right back to grade school, sitting on the family designated computer & being supervised while writing a paper. (“Well, MOM, if you’re going to watch me write this paper, it will be in Disney font”)
Truly, that figure is staggering. Something that should also be noted is that this scale is logarithmic. The exponential growth of Wikipedia is astounding. But is it? Facebook experienced the same growth. Twitter, although slow at first, experienced it as well. Information is available now, here, always. I’ll be the first to admit to suffering from immediate gratification. Are we losing our ability to sort through the blatantly incorrect material? Are we actually, literally, losing research skills to the Google search bar? When is the last time you got out a dictionary and looked up a word? For me, has to be high school.
Regardless of the loss of skill, is the shift in information mining an innately bad thing?
Simple answer: no
One thing is obvious, there is no going back to books. It almost pains me, a former bookseller of 4.5 years, to write that. However, I grew up just on the right cusp of the technology vs. print war to get my basics down of old school, but never feel left behind with information super highway. Change is happening, right now. Authors that write articles criticizing the youth of today and chastising teachers for their apathy of “proper” researching are afraid. Those authors are insecure. It’s almost difficult to call them “authors” because their “articles” are so full of opinion, exaggerated language and unsupported facts that I could probably find the same rant on Facebook from my Uncle Mike. These “contributors” are red faces in a sea of auburn. My words of advice: follow the trends.
(via Internet Marketing Trends You Shouldn’t Miss — It’s All About Revenue: The Revenue Marketing Blog) 4 Mary Meeker slides not to miss!