The Internet; The World

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,

Todd Steele.

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7 comments

  1. Hi Todd,

    I really liked the inclusion of the your memes, they made me laugh despite being so true. I think the important thing to realise about the internet is that it has become apart of our daily lives and is perceived at the ‘norm’. I know that if I attempted life without access to the internet or technology alone, I would struggle. I use the internet for Uni, social life, news and just general procrastination.

    We are also in a day and age where citizen journalism is on the rise with traditional media taking somewhat of a step back from the limelight. Perhaps this is again due to the revolution in internet access and the ability for people to become producers as well as consumers.

    Your last paragraph sums up the general ‘gist’ of the internet nicely. I actually went into the Apple store in Miranda the other day and I was amazed at the amount of people in the store getting their devices fixed or upgrading to the latest model. It just goes to show how technologically connected we are despite also being disconnected through less face to face communication.

    Really enjoyed your blog, it was a nice summary. Thanks.

  2. Hi Todd. This was a really good post. I liked the way you linked this topic to the other topics explored in this subject and it is great meme. I think comparing the telephone and planes to Skype and Icloud is really interesting. It really highlights a key contributor to the existence of the ‘internet of things’ which is that people love to save time. Efficiency and time management has become so important to people. Users perceive their time to be finite and valuable and therefore they may choose to sacrifice things like privacy for ease. I think this is a good example of that http://conferences.oreilly.com/strata/stratany2014/public/schedule/detail/36506

  3. I really liked the post, you managed to be informative but also keep it light hearted with the use of humour. I say it in most of my own posts, but the Internet is becoming such a big part of our everyday lives and it is such a huge concept that it’s no wonder that the “Internet of Things” is becoming a reality before our own eyes. The quote you used at the end of your blog was really interesting too so well done again!

  4. The meme is gold. Apart from that, I find that I agree with what you’ve said, and the conclusion hits home “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.” This applies to all of us now, whether we like to admit it or not.

  5. I really liked the meme in your post. I think in some ways it’s true, most of use use the internet a great deal to socialize. We have to ask ourselves whether social media platforms are truly a replacement or extension of our social selves or if they disguise our true nature.

  6. Dude, most excellent post. Made me laugh, and was very informative. Probably significantly over the 150 word limit, but well worth it as you explained the topic well and without any fault. Adding to the Internet of Things with a post on The Internet of Things.

  7. This post clearly explains the developed dependence we have on the internet and technology today and how society has evolved through things such as decentralised global networks. Your integration of real examples and the article only further consolidate your argument and show your understanding of the topic. Well done!

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