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According to some, we now live in a Knowledge Age. Do you agree? Support your arguments with suitable data from the web and elsewhere.

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ARTH 1004 - Art, Museums, and the Web Question 5: According to some, we now live in a Knowledge Age. Do you agree? Support your arguments with suitable data from the web and elsewhere. Since the beginning of the human race there has always been knowledge, hence to label the current era a Knowledge Age is unfounded. Data and Information are more readily available in this day and age than ever before; knowledge however is not so easily obtained, for to gain knowledge, one has to be educated regarding how to use the information that has been acquired. Knowledge cannot be defined without first defining its building blocks, beginning with the concepts of Data and Information, ending with the ultimate goal of knowledge; Wisdom. The 21st century is labeled as the 'Knowledge Age' following on from the 'Information Age' of the later decades of the 20th century, due to the extensive and rapid development in the accessibility of information. The possession of knowledge is of little value in this 'knowledge Age' without the ability and skills required to formulate meaningful questions, access the wealth of information and technology available and the wisdom to use that information to generate new knowledge. ...read more.

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With the driving technological force of this era, the computer is a critical component in the majority of workplaces. Basic computer skills are now becoming just as important as basic literary and numeracy skills. Those with the ability to use a computer are exposed to expanses of data, information and programs enabling them to access and utilize that information, and advanced telecommunications that allow the easy transfer of information. More and more people are enjoying the benefits of powerful knowledge tools in what could more accurately be described as the 'Age of Information Technology'. These amplifiers for our thinking and communicating are becoming tools for our personal development. The number of ways we can now communicate and store information is bewildering and finding the right choice of Hardware and Software to convey and communicate ideas and knowledge is becoming harder. The examples, of resource choices given by Bernie Trilling and Paul Hood, are astonishing. ...printed report, electronic document, magazine article, e-zine article, book, e-book, print ad, TV ad, Web ad, phone call, cell phone call, Internet phone call, voice mail, telemarketing, fax, pager, Web page, e-mail, snail mail, spreadsheet, simulation, database, multimedia presentation, slides, overheads, floppy disk, tape, video, CD, DVD, radio, TV, Web-TV, teleconferencing, virtual reality - workers will be perpetually faced with choosing the right medium for the right message for the right audience. ...read more.

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The problem of this suspension of information to poorer countries is as worrying as the impending problems of cyber-space technology taking over the role of educators. Thirty years from now big University campuses will be relics, having been traded in for the Internet which is patiently waiting at the end of a button. Not to say that all technology is bad; nearly all advances in technology, computing and education have been advantageous, but can the simply structured wealth of information on the Internet take over from the knowledge that can be bestowed by books, an experienced educator, or from life experiences? Perhaps, rather than aspiring to an 'Age of Knowledge', the world might instead aspire to a 'society of learning', in which people are continually surrounded by, immersed in, and absorbed in learning experiences. ENDNOTES 1 Karl M. Wiig, On the Management of Knowledge, Position Statement: Knowledge Management Forum, (New York, February 6, 1996). 2 Kunda Dixit, "Exiled to Cyberia: A Third World View of the Knowledge Society", D & C Development and Co-Operation Journal, Vol 4. (July/August 2000), p15. 3 Bernie Frilling & Paul Hood, "Learning, Technology and Education Reform in the Knowledge Age", Educational Technology Magazine. (May/June, 1999). 4 Fidel Castro, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Conference, (Havana, July 1999). 5 H. G. Wells, "The Brain: Organization of the Modern World", World Brain, (New York, 1938), p49. ...read more.

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