This is my last blog post, I will talk about digital communication.
From 1978 the first internet bullet board has been launched, our life has been changed greatly due to those upheavals the digital technology brings us during the past thirty years. It’s safe to say that we cannot live without those digital communications today, but how exactly the digital communication changes our life? Let’s just unravel this big change in a more specific way.
The ways people get news have been changed
From SPREADING to INTERACTING then to GENERATING;
People learn about news from mass Medias for centuries; newspaper, broadcast, TV set, magazines, etc. But no matter which channels one consumed the news, for the most of time, one can only be the recipient of the news, as a reader or an audience. It’s hard or at least take time to give any feedbacks to the generator of a piece of news.
Things change when digital communication takes charge of the communication process. You can give your comments when reading a piece of news on the website; the size of pictures posted on the website can be modulated responding to your moving finger; it has auto-reply voice service in your iphones and laptops make it possible to interact with almost any digital devices. The interacting happens everywhere and at anytime you needed. What is more exciting, one can generate own news and self publish easily. With mobile Internet devices as iphones, people can camera shooting sudden events any time they want. Everyone can be a journalist, with first hand information generated all by themselve.
From TODAY to NOW;
Another change is the update speed. Instead of news today, we have news updated almost several minutes on the websites, like New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA today, etc. We have latest news for metals even at 3:00A.M during London Olympics; we have stock price index updates every minute on the website. 24hours 7days if you need information, you can get it any second. In short, “if it not a real time it doesn’t count.”
Overload information and Less credibility
Of course every coin has two sites, when we greedily swim in the information ocean; there is something to be worried about. Since it so convenient to publish information and every body’s voice can be spread on the internet, a boundless and anonymous environment, we have overload information than before. Enter a keyword into a search engine, millions unfiltered data pour into your eyes. Fewer gatemen to edit those data, we have to waste our time to find the gold from the dessert. Besides, anonymous environment plus the lack of monitoring, some credibility issues began to resurface. Rumors on the internet not only spread quickly but also hard to eliminate. Millions of dollars may evaporate just because of an internet rumors.
The way people build their social life has been changed
From a limited life circle, to easily build new connections and communities
The social network shows its power on gathering people together. People who share same interests can easily gathered by the network. We can easily “friend” with someone who has the same interests and taste through the facebook or linkin. More connections can be made in a fast and easy way; MSN, QQ and other Instant Messaging tools link friends closely even they are in the different continent.
From a generic individual to a personalize “ME”
We’re putting ourselves in a more transparent way. We show our pictures with friends and family; recommend our favorite songs and books; we highlight our interests so that we can find someone who shares the same interest with us; we record our daily life track on our facebook, etc. in a word, we become a more transparent and personalized “me” instead of a generic individual. At the same time the more transparent we push ourselves into, the more personalized serves we get. When shopping on the Amonzon.com the system record our taste and habits, then the system recommend new books or other stuff we may be interests on a regular basis. Even though this may cause some privacy issues of course, most people always choose to become more personalize and transparent on the internet.
Apparently plenty of changes happening on the digital world, just several main points are covered due to the words limit. In short, although digital communication has some serious problems we need to deal with, we can’t live without the all the convenience and exciting things brought to us.