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Dr. Tsubokura's Radiation Lecture Vol.120

Author: Masaharu Tsubokura M.D., PhD.

Editors: Akihiko Ozaki M.D., PhD., Yuki Senoo

241. Collect information in a balanced manner

 In addition to traditional news media (such as newspapers, TV, and radio), we now obtain information through the Internet and through SNS (social networking services). Each information medium has its own characteristics. For example, television is a visual medium but newspapers communicate through writing. Similarly, the Internet and SNS have advantages and disadvantages.

    The previous article explained two major characteristics of information on the Internet and SNS: the speed of information transmission and the diversity of topics. In addition, the previous article discussed how the Internet and SNS show people only information they already agree with or information that is familiar. Newspapers and television are news media through which information flows in one direction—one-way media. Meanwhile, we enter our own search words on the Internet, and we can choose whom we interact with on SNS.

 With Internet access expanding worldwide, the amount of information we can access has increased by many orders of magnitude compared to the past. Thus, it has become difficult to get a balanced view of all of the available information while becoming easier to collect convenient fragments of information.