Social Benefits of the Internet

My response to an eerily insightful article by Dr. Vannevar Bush published in 1945.

The Golden Retriever

One of the reasons I want to be a librarian is the idea of helping people. I know that libraries have an incredible ability to grant even the most isolated individuals essential information, community, recreation, and art. By providing equal access to a wide variety of information, libraries enrich lives and open realms of possibilities for its users.

I view the internet as a global, all-encompassing library. Users can come, spend hours, go wherever they want, create, debate, be active or passive, seek out information to their heart’s content, and talk to anybody, anywhere in the world. I romantize, I know. But the social benefits of the internet, especially for marginalized individuals are enormous with the proper education and access.

In his beautifully insightful Atlantic article, Dr. Vannevar Bush looked forward to the potential of humanity in wake of electronic systems that could store and categorize the sum of human…

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