Essay on Global Village

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Global Village

New technological advances are something that we have faced for centuries. Whether the advance was the printing press, the radio, the telephone, or the TV, all of these things affected us globally. In the past all of these new advances tend to change social and political policies. We are currently in a new era of technology, one that we have many names for: the internet, the web, cyberspace, information superhighway, and many more. All of these computer technologies affect the way many of us live, especially the use of the internet. There are some articles with strong arguments on why this new technology could cause more harm than good to some of us. One article was by a feminist scholar, Dale Spender, who wrote Social
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This is clearly not bringing people closer together. In the real world, different groups are inevitably going to hate or dislike other various groups. For example, when teenagers are in high school, the jocks generally dont like the nerds, and the nerds generally dont like the jocks. Real life groups on the web are most likely going to follow this pattern as well. This is just an inescapable issue of having people create divisions amongst themselves. The social consequences of having the internet accessible to everyone include hostile divisions between classes. Spender says, Even in First World countries, there is much talk these days about a growing underclass, a social group which is cut off from the benefits of society. The homeless, the hungry, the unemployed, uninsured, unregisteredand uninformed. She goes on and compares this to the industrial revolution, and how this is creating an underclass again. Not necessarily even going that far, but it will add to the separation of classes. Spender also goes on to say, The real people in the real world are being divided up into the information rich and poor: the master minds and those who are kept in the dark. In some ways she is saying that this is unjust because a lot of people are not included in this new era of technology. Why shouldnt they be able to access it? In order to get everybody online and have a virtual community that is accessible to anyone, then the prices of computers would have to go down
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