Another important aspect to consider is the issue of plagiarism. Since the internet has become a haven for information and research. Students have taken to copying and pasting several sites in order to get their work done faster and easier. This constitutes a violation of the law, passing off someone else’s work as your own. One of the most famous cases was one of Pulitzer Prize winning writer Doris Kearns Goodwin who had to remove herself as a judge from the Pulitzer Prize committee because of allegations of plagiarism in her book “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys (CNN 2002).” Many schools and colleges take the issue of plagiarism very seriously. There several websites on the net now which offer services to students and teachers to check if their papers have any commonalities with sources on the internet such as turnitin.com. Many educational institutions understand the severity of stealing another author’s work and take a stringent viewpoint towards students who do so.
Looking at the vast information in front of us it cannot be denied that the internet will continue to be a tremendous part of our lives. The evolution of our education culture from the classroom to the computer screen has created new avenues for people around the world. The disadvantages of using such a technology will continue to exist for some time. However with the failing economy in Europe and the United States and rising cost of education it is now more important than ever to find new ways to impart education to the young in a way that is not only feasible but effective as well.