Questions and Answers

No room for ques­tions with­out answers since the World Wide Web started to rule.

Search engines, even not more sophis­ti­cated, boy_pc.jpgare clever enough to give you more than one response to your ques­tions, no mat­ters how tough they are.

You put in it a few words and receive a mas­sive quan­tity of infor­ma­tion explain­ing what’s and why’s of everything.

Is the role of search engines going to change our behav­ior and rela­tions between friends and rel­a­tives? First of all, why ask some­thing to some­one? My always on high speed con­nec­tion gives me the way to “google” or “wiki” almost every­thing, sim­ply click and go and search and find and read and…understand (in a per­sonal way). The last bul­let is some­thing to think about: search engines do not explain any­thing, they “declare”, and that’s all. It applies very well in office envi­ron­ment. Ask­ing for an expla­na­tion is often unfair, col­leagues look so busy and ask­ing means that I’m not trained enough, let’s have a google ses­sion and clean up my mind.

I’m look­ing with a bit of fear to the next com­puter inde­pen­dence day of my kids, that usu­ally ask me for every­thing: they’ll start to solve their doubts look­ing on the web, under­stand­ing what they can and what they want about life, sex, pol­i­tics, his­tory, music, reli­gion, or search­ing on YouTube to become wit­ness of events that are fakes.

The cold and pre­cise answer you receive from an engine could not sub­sti­tute human expla­na­tion, full of life and col­ors, enriched with the expe­ri­ence of the speaker and filled with his voice. It depends on the sub­ject, but the sug­ges­tion is to use the web as a sec­ond chance, and keep on ques­tion­ing.

Why do I blog this?
This could be a hint for you boy, and if some­one tell you “What are you saying?” or “Don’t bother me with your silly ques­tions” you can answer “I read it on the Web, dad”.