Before Google came along, Vannever Bush in 1945 and Tim Berners Lee had the a very similar vision. They all wanted to share information with the world. They all envisioned a world where all information would be indexed and made easily accessible. Since 1945 to 2010, a remarkable transformation has occurred in the way information reaches the mass populations and targeted Audiences.
The ability to produce and access information has allowed the average person to become an instant journalist if he or she is in the right place at the right time. By either capturing footage or reporting the events, they can easily reach a large number of audiences.
Journalists on the other hand now have more opportunities to research trends and topics of interest. A journalist only needs internet connection to keep up with social trends. Thus, they can be located wherever they choose.
The Media Industry has also been affected in a major way, in the sense that, production of news and articles is cheaper than ever. The material reaches a much wider spectrum of the population as location and time are no longer an issue.
The audience can access the information they need or want at a time which is convenient for them, as opposed to the past when, to watch the the news or a specific show, one had to tune into the specific channel at a specific time; to read a News Article one had to purchase the Newspaper of the day. The radio also has podcast for the convenience of its Audiences.
The indexing of information has indeed made it easier for information to be gathered and shared.
Akuot Martin Majier