Magazine article Information Today

Electronic Information: Making the World a Smaller Place

Magazine article Information Today

Electronic Information: Making the World a Smaller Place

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How many times have you heard someone comment, "It's a small world isn't it?" Probably as many times as you've heard someone make the comment, "It's a big world out there." Two totally contradictory statements, but are they?

Like yin and yang, these two statements can both contrast and complement each other. If you travel half way across the world and find that your former college roomate is staying at the same hotel, you could say it is a small world. On the other hand, if someone is complaining to you about a lack of opportunities in their life, you might advise them that it is a very big world out there and they must seek out what they want.

So how can these two statements possibly complement each other? The answer is technology--electronic information to be exact. The world is still a very large place, but the use of electronic information has broken down the barriers of distance.

With this issue of Information Today we bring you several examples of how the use of electronic information brings people and countries closer together on a daily basis.

"The Hunt for H.L. Williams" on page 10 is a heartwarming story of a young woman's search for the father she never knew. The wartime roman between an American soldier and a young English woman led to the birth of Teresa Hurst. Unfortunately, the soldier left England before the child was born and lost touch with the child's mother.

Years later when the young woman learned of her American father she wanted to find him. …

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