Over the series of these blog posts for DIGC202, we have examined the notions of cyberlibertarianism, cyberwarfare, nodes, online freedoms, centralization and decentralization; essentially every aspect of cyberspace and the way the digital age has transformed the world we live in. This is the core message of the digital age- we’re here and we have changed your world forever.
Prior to the digital age, the quickest forms of sending and receiving information was with two differing options- the telephone or the airplane. The telephone allowed for conversations and shared information orally, however that was the furthest it went. The airplane allows people to be present around one another sharing information whilst being in the present, and it too allowed for fast delivery of packages/mail. The digital age has consolidated, or converged for the better term, these processes into a more streamlined operation. Now, one can Skype into meeting’s so they are there both orally and visually, email and online storage spaces such as the iCloud and Google Drive allow documents and information to be readily sent and even worked on live with other people. Little wonder why Australia Post has suffered a $222 Million loss.
The digital age too has had a far reaching socio-economic impact for it has eliminated virtually all presence of international borders (unless you have those pesky Youtube videos which can’t be viewed in your country). Yet it hasn’t eliminated any cultures or languages in the process, rather it has enriched the knowledge of the wider world and cultures for people who otherwise would not necessarily know. The information too has been decentralized, with our global network of nerves connecting one another to share our information and ideals freely, without physical barriers and without restrictions.
Perhaps the most effective way to sum up the way the internet of things and the digital age has affected our lives would be to travel back to 1851, when Nathaniel Hawthorne stated;
“By means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless amount of time…The round globe is a vast…brain, instinct with intelligence”
For today the internet is our electricity, our nerve system that powers and formulates the way we behave and act. The system that allows us to write the history, edit it, send it and share it; all the while you sit on the bus on your mobile.
Stay Classy UOW,