History and Evolution of the Digital Age


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  • With global networks Work becomes independent of geography Consumption becomes independent of geography Social groups become independent of geography Anything else?
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFl7T4aBZAA Needle Telegraph – 3,34
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmolT6pI8eI Telegraph In US – 1,50
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6PXf8YnjV4 Telegraph across atlantic – 3,28
  • Time Shifting facilitates asynchronous communication Podcasts Tivo, ReplayTV E-mail, voice mail (not IM) Directly impacts the advertising model for TV, radio For work Distributed teams 24x7 work flow Anything else? Separated communication from transportation Changed the meaning of space (made the world smaller) Helped change the meaning of time (time zones) The Great Western Railway was the first to adopt London time in November 1840. Railroads instituted time zones in the US and Canada on 18 November 1883. Influenced journalism (objectivity) and language (“telegraph style”) From the clip: $2.60 in 1934 = ~$40.00 today For $40 …. what communication services can we buy?
  • From http://www.parliament.gov.bd/cpa/TimeZoneMap2003.gif Supervening social necessity
  • From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faQp593R51Y
  • From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEEr8il78i0
  • Gone! Bits can be easily shared; atoms cannot Implications for intellectual property (content owners now use digital rights management) Implications for business models (Skype) Potentially devastating for an economic system built upon scarcity
  • History and Evolution of the Digital Age

    1. 1. COM546 : History and Evolution of the Digital Age Kathy E. Gill 13 January 2010
    2. 2. Technology, Simply Put <ul><li>Knowledge used to solve problems and extend human potential. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is about enabling change and amplifying its direction . </li></ul>
    3. 3. 1. Distance
    4. 7. Winston quotes the postmaster general who believed that the telegraph could not, “with safety, be left in the hands of private individuals uncontrolled by law.” How does this statement influence your thoughts on regulation of the internet?
    5. 8. Lessig’s article demonstrates the dismantling of geography: consider both interstate gambling and “porn”. How should modern society react to this permanent change?
    6. 10. &quot; This is the age of telegrams. The public is accustomed to the consideration of facts in the briefest terms.” The Science Record for 1873
    7. 11. From http://www.parliament.gov.bd/cpa/TimeZoneMap2003.gif
    8. 13. Paradox <ul><li>Pre-voice telephony – we transferred “data” (eg, wire transfers of money) </li></ul><ul><li>Digital age – our “voice” is now “data” (zeros-and-ones) </li></ul>
    9. 15. What parallels are there between the forces of “suppression of radical potential” of early telephony and VoIP?
    10. 16. Why would Winston argue that the “digital media revolution” is, instead, an evolution?
    11. 17. 3. Scarcity
    12. 18. Credits <ul><li>Presentation by Kathy E. Gill, [email_address] , @kegill CC share-and-share alike, non-commercial use </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Earth” – NASA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clock, Tap - iStockPhoto </li></ul></ul>