To say we currently live in the information age or post-industrial society means that the majority of the worlds population relies heavily on technology and digital communication. How many corporations use video conferences to reduce overhead costs for travelling employees who can now communication as if they were in the same room without the cost. Even this course is a direct result from digital communication. Only communication is through technology such as the internet that allows students and professors to communicate without being in the same city. Even celebrities have fallen victim to this communication as their whereabouts can be posted to a public forum were anyone can see it or even worse pictures they would rather not make the press. Social Media is another direct result of digital communication that has become such a phenomenon Facebook reached 1.25 Billion users in 2013 (1). We the fact they almost every person owns a smartphone that has cameras and voice recorders and video conferencing shows the need for digital communication is only going to increase.
The history of technology can be defined by Castells in this simple quote, “Digital communication networks are the backbone of the network society, as power networks ( energy networks) were the infrastructure on which the industrial society was built, as it was demonstrated by historian Thomas Hughes ” ( Castells, 2003 p.3 ). Castells is describing how digital communication is so important to the world network of communication as without it communicating around the world would never be the same. Try sending that picture of you and your new puppy to grandma in New Zeland.. would not be the same without digital communication. The way the business world works today, without digital communication many people would not have the job they do today. Networking sites like LinkedIn allow individuals to show case their skills and present/previous working experience to numerous companies. This digital communication is a great avenue to help the struggling economy find jobs that have become very hard to obtain or even find.
Information Communication Technologies (ICT) have been used by many controlling entities such as the government for military purposes and even the Nazi’s during Hilters control. The main use was to maintain control and surveillance of individuals. The ability to track an individual through multiple avenues is what the parts of the government is there for, but does this touch on the previous post about being watched everywhere you go these days with the new technology ? I certainly feel privacy in todays world will never be the same as it was five or ten years ago and much of that is to be contributed to ICT’s. The feeling that your internet activity is being watched 24-7 is a little far-fetched but I would not be surprised to learn the government has kept tabs on certain individuals who they felt “needed” to be watched.
However, ICT’s have benefitted the world in a great way. The communication of information today has risen to an all-time high. The ability to relay information to mass audiences through simple avenues such as social media allows the world to communicate and connect in ways many thought not possible.