I opine that the data available in Google or somewhere else can be used as a reference but not to copy and paste. As rightly mentioned by Dinesh the person who uploaded the data is also tend to do the mistake and ultimately the person who is copying and pasting simply continue. Hence the data to be used as a reference.
As rightly pointed out by Mr Dinesh Divekar the facilities are to be used to save time in doing some original work ( the ills of typewriter era has been nicely explained by him).
Trying to have success at a short time unscrupulously, is undesirable.
It has a vast collection of articles posted, linked and archived.
The required guarantee of correctness is not there and therefore people have to spend time and cross check information for correctness, updation etc.
But people in a hurry just copy and paste.
This defeats the purpose of learning.
Q. 1 Have we used to COPY-PASTE culture at educational and professional life?
Shortcuts are taken and I have seen even young children being told by parents -Use google and get inputs or even complete projects and then copy paste with minor changes.
Even schools should start using the tolls for plagiarism checks.
This will discourage copy paste culture which inhibits true learning.
Q. 2 Do you seriously think that whatever stuff/information/data available on GOOGLE is authentic and true in sense as far as Human Resource Management is concerned?
Not necessarily true.
HRM information is subject to changing laws and rules of society.
If you cursorily check Gratuity limit older articles may give you lower limits, but changes to higher limits are recent in nature.
But people in hurry can get confused and put up inaccurate information.Many such examples can be quoted.
Cross checking of date of information, source of info is important.
Q. 3 How does it impact on our professional capabilities as we do not think OUT OF BOX to arrive at solutions?
For getting out of box solutions, one needs to be creative and knowledgeable about the topic and in general.
Besides time will have to be spent in research of solutions to problems.
For those who are in hurry it may appear that Google is the ultimate baba with all answers.
One needs to search and fin answers and then merge his ideas with the answers.
Effort has to be put in for any worthwhile solutions.
If you copy then it is not self-expression.
Keep this in mind.Research,study,check and then use your god given brains,thought process to make a solution/article with your imprint.
The 'copy- paste' culture , like it or not, has almost become the global norm, and it's on the rise even in some of the highest ranked universities. The malaise , with the intrusion of the IT tools, ghost academic writers has facilitated it's mushroom like growth.
Plagiarism has it's consequences, but rarely goes beyond the annotated texts on the brochures / statutes .
I'll be getting back to discussion in detail, the coming weekend.
Arif ur Rehman