June 24, 2005
Pew report on the Internet and American Life
This report on internet usage by US Americans suggests that while, "for the most part, the online world mirrors the offline world (p. 58), the internet has also created a space for people to do things previously unimagined: sharing information via blogs; music sharing; rating people, services and products (p. 58). In addition to documenting current usage levels, the Pew report also considers the future, with implications for technology and information literacy:
"In the future, wireless connectivity will increase through laptops, cell phones, and personal digital devices such as Palm Pilots and Blackberries. Phones themselves will increasingly become powerful computing and gaming devices. More things will become connected to the itnernet, from cars to home appliances to jewelry. And more meaning will be extracted from the information online as search engines get better and as connections between related bits of data grow" (p. 69).
The full report from Pew is available as a PDF here.