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- What are some of the defining characteristics of the Internet and world wide web that have stimulated the creation for new models of information production?
- What are some of the challenges that these models present to educators and/or information professionals?
One of the defining changing characteristics of the internet that fascinates me has been the rise of not only Google, but Social Media platforms as a whole. Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Google+, and others have grown exponentially over the past decade and a company like Facebook is continuously evolving. I recently read an article that showed how FB has changed and is now on of our main forms of news & classifieds; replacing traditional print media, but also many online retail sites like carsales.com. At the same time that FB increases its users, more data is being generated and more information being shared. As an educator the challenge is making sure students understand the role these sites will play in their lives, but also how they can manage the information they share and receive. One of the biggest challenges for most Australian schools is that many websites and social media sites are completely blocked for students.