As early as 1986, Sociologist Orrin Klapp (1986) wrote about the information explosion. He defined it as an unprecedented increase in the amount of stored and transmitted data and messages in all media including electronic, print, radio, and television. The information explosion began with the invention of the printing press.
The Internet drives the information explosion powered computer network linking billions of computers around the world. The Internet has the potential to give users access to every word, image, and sound that has ever been recorded.
The Internet and related technologies have speeded up old ways of doing things. It allowed individuals to create their own writings, produce their own videos, and changed how students learn and allowed people around the world to exchange information on and communicate about any topic of interest.