Topic: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
7) “We live in a society bloated with data yet starved for wisdom”. Critically analyse. (250 words)
Why this question:
The Article highlights the 30 years completion of Internet and the wisdom shared by its founder Tim Berners-Lee that the online population is continuously growing and also the spread of hatred on the web.
Key demand of the question
The answer should bring out how the world is overflowing with huge amounts of data everywhere but is lacking wisdom to use it, with just 30 years of Internet’s inception, the world from real to virtual has turned into a tour, one needs to discuss the need to control seamless flow of data and its ill effects.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer
Explain briefly the statement, what it signifies.
The answer to such questions should mainly be substantiated with good coverage of examples, one should justify the pros and cons of the Internet, how it is leading to discovery of newer technologies, access to wider world, and thus eventually causing data bloating and promoting web as a source of voice to those who spread hatred, and make all kinds of crime easier to commit instead of it being a platform of public square, a library, a doctor’s office, a shop, a school, an office, a bank, and so much more.
Conclude with need to relook at the incentives of Web against the drawbacks and need for reforms.