The world is in the midst of a technological change that is transforming the way people collect, distribute, store and use information. Most of the public discourse and political debate has focused on technical or mechanical issues, as most people have been transfixed by the development and workings of the Internet etc, e-mail, and the so called World Wide Web.
A machine is a complex construction of parts that can do a task, it was designed for autonomously. I’d say the windmill was the first machine. Point is that many people “gave birth” to machines, more or less simultaneously in history, probably all over the world, without being in direct contact. The means of how people distributed and recorded information was a piece of paper.
The transformation gradually happened from papyrus to slate and then to black boards. Now in the revolution of Digital technology, the slates are the laptops and the black board is not more than a LCD projection!
The technological developments haven’t come to a rest yet. The opposite is true: the amount of technological presence and development is accelerating. When placing the technological growth in a time line of the Earth’s history, it’s like an explosion. The state of technology is like an embryo, rapidly evolving, soon to show its new born character. Strange things will come. But one day, the acceleration will start to slow down, to maybe one day coming to a stop. What wave will come after the technology wave? A tech-cultural Wave ?
A question that recurred in our digital class discussions was the nature of individual identity and sense of self in the online world in distributing data. Our identities are constructed through interaction with others. As these interactions increasingly are mediated electronically, new ways of constituting the self may emerge.
Research into the effects of electronic information technologies on individual identity formation is needed. The possibilities afforded by new technologies for developing novel relationships among all users, including constructions of personal and professional identities, also should be examined.
Piracy is the burning word that no body cares now days. In fact iPods’ aren’t popular because of music, its popular because alternate piracy methods such as torrents, free mp3 downloads are popular all over the internet. People spend huge money on iPods’, internet and technology just because the viral means of piracy is the alternative. People are just being good sharing media, also looking at their profitable ends that meet together.
The digital culture classes made me rethink, a lot of facts and organize them together to understand how lucky the todays generations are !
The technological development never stops, so as it affects the way we live and the way we organize, distribute and use the information and resources. What never changes is the way of the perception of the information, that has and should remain as a audio and visual way.
A report by Chandan Raikar