By Jarice Hanson
Simply because the vehicle considerably replaced people's lives in the beginning of the twentieth century, so too has the revolution in on-line providers (including running a blog, podcasting, videogaming, purchasing, and social networking) and cell-phone use replaced our lives on the flip of the twenty first century. additionally, many different companies, actions, and devices—including the Palm Pilot, the BlackBerry, the iPod, electronic cameras, and telephone cameras—have been made attainable via the combo of those applied sciences. while the car allowed humans for the 1st time to paintings in towns and dwell conveniently within the suburbs, extending the lengthy travel past the bounds formerly circumscribed by way of public transportation, the net and mobile phone let us have interaction with others from round the world—or a couple of hundred miles—from the place we paintings or dwell, giving upward push to the telecommuting phenomenon and permitting us to stick in contact with buddies and households within the new digital surroundings. As Hanson demonstrates in her new booklet, those applied sciences permit us to paintings and play 24/7, every time, anywhere.What does this suggest for us as participants and for society as a complete? What are the social implications of this technological revolution that we've got witnessed within the brief span of approximately two decades? Do humans of alternative generations use those applied sciences within the related methods, or do they undertake them to help their communique behavior shaped at diverse instances in their lives? How does the semblance of keep watch over supplied through those applied sciences have an effect on the way in which we expect approximately what's significant in our lives? Hanson examines the wide-ranging effect of this alteration. How do participants posting their viewpoints on the web impact democracy? Is it attainable to ever thoroughly hinder id robbery over the web? How everlasting is details saved on the net or on a difficult force? Do mobile phones switch the way in which humans take into consideration privateness or the best way they impart with others? Does e mail? Do videogames educate new social ideas? Do cellphones and the web switch conventional verbal exchange behaviors and attitudes? Hanson discusses those an important matters and explores to what volume participants do have keep an eye on, and she or he assesses how social and governmental providers are responding to (or operating from) the issues posed via those new applied sciences.
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Extra resources for 24 7: How Cell Phones and the Internet Change the Way We Live, Work, and Play
The extraordinary success of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs in developing affordable computers with user-friendly features for the average consumer elevated each of these young men to cult heroes and made them very rich computer tycoons. In summarizing the collective vision of the entrepreneurs in computer and Internet history, Howard Reingold writes, The essential elements of what became the Net were created by people who believed in, wanted, and therefore invented ways of using computers to amplify human thinking and communication.
Peer groups, socioeconomic similarities, and the institutions that most affect any group of individuals are mediating factors in forming peoples’ attitudes, behaviors, and values toward technology use and social life. Perhaps, most importantly, the children of each generation define themselves in contrast to the attitudes, beliefs, and values of their parents. Whether this happens because of “rebellious youth” or in part because of the importance of peer pressure and defining one’s self in relationship to one’s family and society, each age group ends up using technology in their own ways.
We may actually spend less time with others in interpersonal communication and more time online or leaving messages. The changes that we see in others may cause us some concern, but our own behaviors and attitudes also become shaped by social factors that we tend to justify as morally acceptable for our own purposes. The chapters in this book explore how and why our culture is changing by focusing on how cell phones and the Internet provide contexts for social change. 14 24/7 These two technologies are of particular importance because they have the ability to operate twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and they can free us from traditional ways of thinking that were circumscribed by norms of private and publicly acceptable behaviors, but at the same time, they offer portability and ubiquity but demand reaction and response.
24 7: How Cell Phones and the Internet Change the Way We Live, Work, and Play by Jarice Hanson