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NewPossibilities from Online Writing
Sincethe introduction of the internet technology, and portable devicesthat can access online content on the move such as the smartphones,online presence has become extremely critical. Each time anindividual wants to know about the latest research study, an ongoingstudy, or a newly discovered theory, the internet offers a one-stopsource for the valuable information. About three decades ago,researchers and students had to visit physical libraries whenconducting research. However, the trend has presently changed asstudents and other avid readers can access books, journals, peerreviews and other academic content online. On the same note, studyingonline writing has made online education a reality. A student locatedin another continent can participate in a live class-taking placethousands of miles away. The students write notes then send them viaemail to educators who are several miles away. Similarly, researchersacross the globe can consult each other over controversial issuesthrough video conferencing. The objective of this study is provingthat online writing is creating several new possibilities that willinfluence education positively.
Theweb content is influential among humans since it contains valuableinformation designed for diverse audiences. The target audience rangefrom students to professional entrepreneurs. In the human history,the twenty first century would be most popular for revolutionizingcommunication, interaction, enterprising, and interaction amonghumans. As an education student, I conduct most of my researchcontent from the internet. The traditional physical library in ourschool has gradually been replaced by an online version (Want et al.,1999). Besides, I do attend some lectures through the internetinstead of travelling all the way to a physical classroom. The webalso provides an excellent commodity-marketing platform. Severalmedium and small-sized businesses that cannot afford to pay for thehigh corporate marketing costs take advantage of promoting theircommodities online at an affordable cost. On the other hand, webwriting has been a source of controversy since people often remakespin original content and repost it as their unique ideas. This makeschallenging to identify the real owner of the written content. Despite the fact that online writers do use plagiarism checkersoftware in determining copied material, writers have cleverstrategies for tricking the system. Besides, the online community hascreated rigid regulation such that other authors building up onresearch conducted by another independent investigator should receiveappropriate recognition through referencing (Craig, 2013).
BENEFITSOF WEB PRESENCE
Oneof the key benefits of putting a business online is expanding itscustomer base. Over 150 million people in the United States ownsmartphones. The devices assist shoppers in accessing the internetconveniently. According to the American Bureau of Statistics, over75% of the Americans will have smartphones(http://www.slideshare.net/ReachLocalPresentations/reachlocal-web-presence-factbook). Businesses with well-established online connections are t a betterposition for making increased sales that the offline businesses.Second, operating an online business is cheaper than a brick andmortar store. Some online entrepreneurs source products directly froma producer or wholesaler, then ship it to the customer. Thisoperation mode saves entrepreneurs warehousing costs. In addition,many people’s lives have become so hectic such that they have notime for attending basic responsibilities such as shopping basiccommodities (Want et al., 1999). Online businesses compensates busymother through offering them an online platform that enables them topurchase supplies when they are on the move. Many businesses in thedeveloped world also hire staff from low-income zones as virtualassistants. The companies benefit from cheap labor from theunderdeveloped. Traditionally, internet access was a big challenge,but the introduction of smartphones and other portable gadgets hassignificantly enhanced accessibility of the internet almost toeveryone. Back in the1980s and 1990s, internet accessibility waslimited to the wealthy as the computers required for browsing weretoo expensive for the low-income earners (Kindberg et al., 2002).
DRAWBACKSOF ONLINE WRITING
Althoughonline writing is a major source of income for many people,preserving the work of an originator from internet sources is one ofthe key challenges. Many writers spin studies conducted by otherresearchers and use the data as their own. Researchers attribute theproblem with the reduce invention and creativity among students(Craig, 2013). Online writing has made information from diversefields readily available to all the students. As a result, studentstend to spin similar content and ideas based on existing onlineresearch instead of conducting independent studies that can expandthe existing knowledgebase (Kindberg et al., 2002).
Webwriting is also a major force of activism. In the recent past, thefamous Arab Spring was partly made possible by effectivecommunication through social media platforms. Writers can usepseudonyms in concealing their identity, critics can postcontroversial stories that regular national newspapers cannotpublish, as they would violate media ethics (Garfinkel & Cox,2009).
INTERVIEWWITH A STUDENT
Thefits interview I conducted for determining the influence of webwriting in the society was based on a college student specializing in“education.”
Interviewer:How frequent do browse?
Student:I browse every day using either my laptop or tablet. I dedicate upto six hours a day to surfing.
Interviewer:Between a physical and online library, which one would you prefer?
Student:I prefer an online library since it comes with either an external orinternal search engine mechanism, which makes locating specificinformation convenient.
INTERVIEWON FORTY YEARS OLD MOTHER
Interviewer:What are the main ways you use online written information?
Respondent:I mainly read online newspapers to stay informed, as well as thesocial media for entertainment.
Interviewer:How frequently do you visit the web?
Respondent:I allocate at least three hours every day. I often surf when I amtravelling or queuing. I browse using my smartphone, thus the reasonI can manage to surf from anywhere and anytime.
Interviewer:What information are you mainly interested in when reading thenewspapers?
Respondent:My focus when reading online newspapers is business news announcingintroduction of new products. I am an entrepreneur hence, I ensureto stay informed on new technologies and trendy products so that Ican update my stock on time.
Onlinewriting has significant effect on day-to-day activities. Peoplebrowse with the objective of acquiring diverse forms of knowledge. The students’ intention is accessing academic resources while manyadults intention is staying informed with the newest products. Entrepreneurs surf web content to stay updated with the latest news,as well as promote their products. However, all the internet usersalso aim at accessing entertainment. The social media platforms arethe in sources of entertainment. In fact, over 50% of the time peoplespend online is dedicated to the social media platforms.
Mymajor is Education
GeneralPurpose: To persuade
SpecificPurpose: To persuade my listeners that online writing provideseducational and valuable information to diverse target clients
CentralIdea: Web presence and writing is essential for everyone, includingentrepreneurs and students
a)Online writing is essential because it improves online presence
b)People over 50% of Americans have access to the internet
c)Average person spends 18 hours per week browsing
d)Online writing provides informative content to students and platformfor marketing enterprises for entrepreneurs
a)Contains information designed for distinct audiences
b)It significantly influences human communication, interaction,enterprising, and interaction patterns
c)Traditional physical structures have been replaced with virtualcenters
d)Entrepreneurs use online writing in marketing their products
e)It reduces creativity
III)Benefits of web presence
a)Expanding customer base
b)Over 50% of Americans have access to online content
c)Helps in generating high sales for customers
d)Online content acts as a shopping guide
e)Almost everyone has access to web content that improves shopping
IV)Drawbacks of online writing
a) Reduces invention and creativity
b)Writers can abuse the online anonymity capacity to cause fracas
a)Interview with a student
b)Interview with a forty years old entrepreneur woman
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