Posted by on September 5, 2010 7:06 am
Categories: Column 1

I have been reading the book Connected, detailing the power of social networks, and how they shape our lives. A paragraph on page 256 caught my eye with a discussion on communication. In the past, many social interactions were built solely on face-to-face communication. But technology gave us new ways of broadcasting information, like church bells, signal fires, books, bullhorns, radio, and television.We also found new ways of communicating person-to-person at a distance, like letters, telegrams, and phone calls. Today, in addition to inhabiting virtual worlds, we have many new technology tools. We have text, Twitter, email, blog, instant-message, Google, YouTube, and Facebook.These did not exist just a few years ago. New technologies help us connect to other human beings. Consider massively multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft or Second Life, social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace, collective information sites like Wikipedia or eBay, or dating sites like or eHarmony. “Even astonishing advances in communication technology like the printing press, the telephone, and the Internet do not take us away from the past; they draw us closer to it.” Obviously, communication will continue to be a very important part of our lives in the future.

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