Wong Yiu Cheung
The emergence of the Internet allows people in all over the world to share the information by connecting computers together. Its development has reached to carry the large numbers of data that we have not imagined before. It also brings impact on the real life by creating brand new tools, platforms, and attempts to satisfy people’s wants only when they are holding a device that can access to the Internet. The impacts are both positive and negative. This evolution has changed our society a lot in diverse aspect, shaping new forms of social interaction, activities and organizing, affecting language, culture, and ethics to our society. This article would focus on discussing how the new activities forms like E-commence, E-learning, and E-engagement make our life to be more open, convenient and efficient; and secondly how the Internet change the culture even distort the ethics in our society.
Doing business today is much different to a decade before. The differences are not just the demands and tastes of customers changed, but the formats of managing a company and the businesses exploration have also been changed. E-commence (Electronic commerce) are the electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks operating as a platform for buying and selling of products or services. Traditionally, if a company wanted to sell a product, it would ask the publisher of newspapers or magazines, or television and broadcasting station to advertise. Nowadays, the fast diffusion and high use of the Internet provide a high accessibility of the information. Customers can buy things through the company’s brilliant website by using online shopping cart and credit card to finish the transaction. For examples of Dell and Amazon.com., the transaction is conducted between businesses and consumers, it is referred to as business-to-consumer or B2C. On the other hand, when the transaction is conducted between businesses, it is referred to as business-to-business or B2B. Under the global financial economy, the role of E-commerce is particularly vital. Since most of the banks have provided the online banking service, customers can use this to deal with their own property like the funds and shares effectively, which facilitate the business transactions in exchanging the data rapidly. These diverse forms of doing business are based on the Internet, to complement each other, the Internet become more widely use thanks to the advanced tools and securities. But one thing we must concern, the reducing number of the branches of banks shows that the traditional teller services have been eliminating, online services go instead, meaning that it is a must for us to get into the service provided on the Internet. So, the Internet has changed our consumption pattern, we have to think about whether to follow this trendy style (shopping on line), or keep on shopping on street.
Last week a newspaper reported that, e-book will be possibly replaced the traditional printed text-book in few years later. E-learning is a learning process that students acquire the knowledge from the Internet by using the computer, possibly would be each student carries a laptop. Once the students get a laptop which can access to the Internet, there will be a lot of things they can do. In the positive side, the Internet is an extremely large database involved any kinds of information that is easy to get. Students can acquire knowledge from the information by using the search engine and the forum, like Yahoo, Google, Hong Kong Forum, etc. More than these, the instant-messaging programs such as MSN, ICQ can send messages or chat with several friends at once. They can also create a list or a group of friends who have added them to their lists. Such convenient communication facilitates students’ interactive learning process providing a secret open space for discussion. Some students even use this to make...