26 November, 2020

Google Has Impacted Our Lives In Profound Ways, But It's Worth Pondering Costs And Benefits: Jay Panda

For many of us who can remember the world before Google, the past two decades have gone by at breakneck speed, changing much about the human experience, writes Baijayant Panda.

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Google Has Impacted Our Lives In Profound Ways, But It's Worth Pondering Costs And Benefits: Jay Panda
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2019-07-12T12:58:21+05:30

For many of us who can remember the world before Google, the past two decades have gone by at breakneck speed, changing much about the human experience. There are still billions of people who have not yet experienced the internet, but their numbers are rapidly shrinking. To younger millennials or denizens of the population cohort after that, Generation Z, who grew up in the post-Google paradigm, anecdotes about life earlier can sound quaint. When I first became an MP in 2000, for instance, preparing for a speech involved submitting a written query on the topic to the parliament lib­rary. Several days later, a thick sheaf of papers would come back with everything they could dig up from their archives and hundreds of publications. Browsing through that file would be cumbersome, with no links to click for something related. More often than not, the exercise would be futile, for even then parliamentary disruptions were commonplace. Within a few years, I stopped disturbing the diligent librarian’s assistants, as gradually researching topics online became a viable alternative...

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