People state how technology is advancing and this is the main cause of globalization. I agree, however, I believe that communication is changing the world more than technology. Technology is merely the device which is changing the world, the device we are expanding our communication through as this machine is merely an object that allows a gateway into the intangible world where actions happen.
The invention of the modem allowed communication across borders , this allowed the connection of the nodes. This is why Kelly, K (1999) New Rules for the New Economy* intrigued me. Kelly (1999) states a similar concept to myself, that the communication is what these machines have given us. Kelly states:
“Computers may have sped up life but communication is what has changed life”
Communication is what connects us as a globe. This started originally through bulletin boards which were one of the first social sites to appear on the internet. Thus the internet enabled the development of friendships across the globe, allowed fan-fictions to be written and globalization to ultimately occur. However, Kelly (1999) also states that communication is the economy. This is due to the fact he believes that businesses will turn into intangible businesses using chips and glass fibers. Which makes you wonder what will happen to institutions such as the Government which have already transferred many of their services online; an example of this includes online forms and applications such as E-tax. As Kelly stated:
“The effects of technologizing it are beyond the scale of a mere industrial sector cycle”
But how will this affect political candidates and the elections? Will they start being conducted through social media- for instance Kevin Rudd is already proposing that his next candidate debate should be from questions posted on Facebook. However, before we think about the future, we must consider how current communication affects politicians? With the speed of the internet and the current state of global connection all politicians must be careful what they say on all media platforms; anything they say may be scrutinised and broadcast around the globe. For example, Tony Abbott’s recent ‘suppository remark‘ which received worldwide attention.
Therefore, from my examples and and the influence of Kelly’s text, I put to you that communication is what is changing the world. Communication is an increasingly powerful technology, more powerful perhaps than the medium we use for this communication, computers.
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