06/04/2011

The Online Dilemma

The Online Dilemma

   
From the offline to the online sphere
 
 
Ask any of the knowledge seeker about his/her source of information, data, facts and figures, and pat comes the reply, its from online sources, rather than the offline sources of yesteryear’s. It is indeed accepted by all and sundry that internet is probably the biggest invention to have taken place in the last few decades.
Boundaries have bridged, relationships have got new dimensions, networking has reached newer vistas, not to forget the emergence of new words in the lexicons of professionals, viz. googling and binging for search, facebook for friendship, blogging and micro-blogging for sharing opinions, views, perspectives, linkedin for professional networking, ebay for auction and the endless list of all sources of information for every activity under the sun.
 
These developments have seen newer amateur contributors and writers sharing their feelings with a global audience, which are being leveraged to the hilt, first by the knowledge starved global citizens, and then by the companies owing the blogs, microblogs, networking portals, job sites etc. The revolution has undoubtedly made the world a better place to live, where convenience is the buzzword not to forget the element techno-savvy attitude amongst the global audience. The advantages are tilted heavily in favour of the online medium, notwithstanding few of the questions which needs to be answered by all the stakeholders leveraging this fantastic invention.
 
The dilemma
 
 
In spite of all the benefits being witnessed all around, there are quite a few unanswered questions pertaining to the emergence of the online sphere and using the same in our day to day life. The first question which haunts me is the ultimate destination of information being uploaded by netizens from all across the globe, the benefits being accrued by the contributor.
 
Personally, yours truly had been pondering about the same for a long long time, while helping the online community with free knowledge, insights, perspectives, opinions, which is the platform for the online world to thrive. Running two blogs, namely www.manishankarthetrainer.blogspot.com andwww.manishankarscribbles.wordpress.com and one micro-blog www.twitter.com/manitwitts , it is natural for a contributor to pose such queries to self at some point of time or the other:
 
(1)What would happen to all these information I am presenting free of cost to the global audience?
(2)Where would these information go after some time?
(3)Am I going to loose the information and the copyright of the same, only because I am too liberal in sharing knowledge for free with all my fellow netizens?
(4)When companies running these platforms of information dissemination promised to share their advertising pie with the contributors, and not receiving even a single pie, does one think its all fake promises being made?
(4)What would happen to my snaps, the videos I uploaded once I stop using these portals and sites?
(5)What would happen to all these information if I die suddenly?
(6)How am I assured of the copyright in my own name especially when such information is being used by a wide gamut of global online and offline audience?
(7)How do I know that my identity and my information’s are not being maligned by vested interests?
These and many other queries often haunt a lot of online knowledge depositors and personally it’s being felt by everyone that the companies responsible for hosting such sites and portals should answer these question with all details, so that the online information only keeps on growing by removing the apprehension of the contributors.

© Manishankar Chakrabort