We are about 15 years into the 21st century. Everywhere you look you see “www” this or “http” that. It is safe to say that we are well into the digital age. Moving into the digital age means that traditional methods of gathering information just are not as effective as they used to be.
Things that used to be the standard are fighting for survival. Two prime examples are newspapers and encyclopedias. In 1990’s both were indispensable. To get your news you needed to read the morning paper if you didn’t want to sit in front of the television set at 6 p.m. to watch the evening news. If you needed to research an item for school chances are you had to research it in an encyclopedia that could have been written 30 years prior and rarely updated.
While not totally extinct, both of those items still exist today, the human race has evolved and found more efficient ways of getting news, entertainment and knowledge. The Internet has taken over. Websites like Wikipedia have taken over the need for most people to want to purchase an encyclopedia. The ability to find news to your taste in a heartbeat is replacing traditional news media outlets. The bottom line is how humans absorb information has changed drastically over the past 25 years all because of the digital age.
When you really think about it and how rapidly our technology is advancing, it makes you wonder in 25 years how many of the technological advances of 2015 will be considered obsolete?
David Strausser is a graduate of Penn State. He holds a degree in Information Sciences and Technology and is currently seeking another degree in Business.