The effects of technology on communication have been profound, particularly in the past few decades. From the inventions of Marconi, Alexander Graham Bell and their fellow innovators onward, large sections of the populace have been preoccupied with improving communication despite distances between people. The effects of computers, mobile phones and other technological advances on personal, social, business and political relationships are immeasurable.
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People can easily keep in touch with friends and relatives by text and e-mail. This is particularly important when a family member or friend is living or travelling abroad. Even some of the more remote parts of the world have Internet cafes and mobile phone signals.
Political and Social
As people's ability to record events on their mobile phones and communicate with people from all corners of the world increases, it is becoming increasingly difficult for repressive regimes to control their populations. This seems to herald a new era of openness in politics. According to David Romano of the University of Toronto, modern communication methods make it possible for feelings of bitterness to be rapidly channelled into mobilisation and action. An example can be seen in the launching of online petitions of protest against the execution of prisoners in countries such as Iran.
It is possible to communicate instantly within a business. Colleagues can discuss issues without having to attend meetings. In addition, people can communicate with other branches of the firm or other firms by telephone, e-mail, fax and videoconferencing. This saves the time, the inconvenience and the cost of travelling to meet with far-flung business associates.
Artistically, the Internet in particular has opened whole new opportunities to musicians, artists, video makers and writers. Social websites and blogging enable people to express themselves and can occasionally lead to success in their chosen field. The Susan Boyle story is an example of how a You Tube clip from a United Kingdom talent show launched a singer into global consciousness and huge fame. According to Carlos Scarpero, writing for ATL Work, social networking adds a new dimension to the "old boys' network" concept, enabling people from different walks of life to make many useful career and business contacts.
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