But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased (Daniel 12:4) KJV
Let me begin this discourse with two quotes:
The Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning in 2005, the following assertion was made “Information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion in all nation
Daniel J. Boorstin, a University of Chicago historian, quoted in New York Times, July 8, 1983, said ” Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge.”
Introduction: Without doubt, we are living in an age of information deluge. Deluge, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary, is a situation in which a large area of land becomes completely covered with water. The problem with our age is not lack of information but how to manage the over-information and remain godly.The social media, powered by the internet provides more than enough information for us day or night in whatever discipline or subject at little cost effortlessly.
The Social Media as a Spring of Life and a Whirlpool of Destruction
A Spring of Life: The social media provides almost inexhaustible resources that can transform a pauper to a man of affluence almost overnight. It also can destroy one almost irredeemably within a twinkling of an eye. Thus do we examine the merits and demerits of the social media (and by extension the internet).
What is internet?
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, internet is an electronic communications network that connects computer networks and organisational computer facilities around the world.
What are social media? They are forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages and other contents (as videos) Examples of these are Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, telegram, twitter, blogs and so on.
Merits of social media
Educational resources: It is absolutely true that the internet and social media provide enough academic resources to make one a professor without touching a printed book. There are more than enough e-books and journals in any conceivable field of study under the sun.
Entrepreneurial resources: The internet and the social media contains enough resources to transform any savvy user into a millionaire a considerably short while (forex and commodity trading, blogging, internet marketing, international business connections, professional resources, and so on).
Demerits of social media
Sexual perversion: Before the advent of the internet and the social media sexual promiscuity was not as widespread as it is today. It took sheer courage and manliness for a man to stand face to face and “spin,” “chyke” or “toast” a lady. Today it is far easier. Those who don’t have that courage go “impersonally” to Facebook, messenger, WhatsApp or dating sites. Nude displays and pornography are all promoted on the internet and social media. Paedophiles hunt for preys through the social media. Gays and lesbians recruit more easily through the social media.
Cultism and Occult Initiations. Before the internet came, people had to look for people who knew people to get initiated into cults or occult. Today, however, one can get himself initiated easily in his bedroom by the help of the social media. Money rituals, human trafficking, human parts merchandise, and international prostitution, are all simplified through the internet and social media.
How then can we remain godly in an age of information deluge?
Have a Radical Knowledge of God (Rom. 1:21; 2 Kings 17:15; Eph. 4:17).
Sanctify the Lord in Your Heart (1Peter 3:15; Ps. 119:46)
Take the whole armour of faith (place emphasis on God’s word (Ps. 119:11) and prayer (Eph. 6:18).
Be able to distinguish between useful and harmful information as you come across them (Acts 17:11; 1 Peter 3:15).
CONCLUSION: The internet is very useful, the Worldwide Web provides an almost inexhaustible source of resources on every known discipline or discourse in life. To take advantage of the usefulness of the internet, however, one needs to equip himself with information literacy. This will enable him to source for information, access an evaluate such information before he applies them to suit his purpose.