The Internet: Facts and Figures

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The Internet has revolutionized a wide range of institutional processes, communications functions, and social norms. The process of information dissemination and retrieval has changed dramatically because of the way the Internet is structured. Commerce, even outside the realm of technology, has also changed because of the Internet. The Internet has had more direct effects on the economy, too, by creating whole new sectors of business from Google to Facebook. However, the Internet also stimulates spending in a large number of sectors via e-commerce. Globalization has been facilitated by the Internet, in part because the Internet enables human population and labor migrations on an epic scale. The Internet also facilitates globalization by enabling the permitting instantaneous sharing of everything from memes to goods and services. Furthermore, the Internet permits distance education that allows the transfer of labor across different geographic zones. The Internet is implicated in political process transformations, too, possibly responsible for catalyzing mass protest movements around the world. There are no aspects of human economic, political, and social life that are now independent of Internet influence. Zhao (2006) comments on the fundamental ways the Internet has altered sociological discourse, theory, research, and methodology. Zhao (2006) claims, "the Internet has created a new spatiotemporal zone," which is a virtual "social gathering place" within the "online public
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