M3.1 Guiding Questions

As young adults in today’s society we are lucky to be afford many benefits that others were not privy to in the past. We have access to many technologies and many tools that others in the past did not have available to them, and that is something we are lucky to have. However there are also some detractors as well that cannot be ignored. The time with live in is one greatly different from others in the past. The age is called the information age. 

To live in the information age, in my eyes, means to live in and age of opportunity. Regardless of whether or not you agree that we are lucky to live in the time we do, you cannot ignore the opportunities it creates. The information age, sometimes known as the computer age or technology age, is one characterized by the explosion of technology and new media in our lives today. It has created a world where technology plays a bigger role than ever before, including in our every days lives. 

It has had it’s advantages, and also some disadvantages. We have access to more information than ever before, as well as being able to share information across vast regions with incredible ease. Furthermore, we can use these technologies to our benefit to create more opportunities than ever before for ourselves and those around us.

However, the negatives can outweigh the positives sometimes for certain people. With this increase in information has come a loss of privacy. Once information is shared it is visible to all, and that is something some people are not as fond of. Secondarily, in some instances, technology has taken jobs that once belonged to humans in the past. Technology can work and accomplish certain faster in some areas than humans, making workers more disposable than ever. This is especially prominent in areas where computers can now do what was formerly work for humans.

Technology and the political economy have always had ties to one another, and will to continue to do so in the future. In the information are views can often be formed on social platforms, and information regarding politics is more readily than ever before to those looking to access it.

In “The Network Society: From Knowledge to Policy”, the author states that “political opinions, and political behaviour, are formed in the space of communication”. Messages are more open and come from more diverse platforms than ever before, and our views can be shaped based on how we interpret this information. 

From my understanding of this aspect, it is somewhat similar to what is going on with Rob Ford. The mayor of Toronto has be ridiculed incredibly, as many unflattering views of him have been presented. In an older generation, things of this nature could have been covered up, which is not the case anymore. 

ICTs (also known as Information and Communications Technologies) have grown is usage during the information age, and have a strong relationship with issues of control. With the sharing of messages via the computer and internet, it is much more difficult to control what is being spread through new media. Information can be spread so fast, that it is nearly impossible to control what is being distributed. Even information that people in power don’t want available is, as once something gets released it is nearly impossible to take back.

Regardless of how things have changed, I as a reader am happy to live in the information age. As humans we grow and grow as times progress, and I like to think I am more advantaged than those who have come before, and this trend will continue as the next generations come and go. 

Thanks for reading 

 

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