The Role of Digital Communication In The World

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This is an image of the design layout on the iPhone and several apps that allow for digital communication in numerous, different ways (via video conferencing, photo sharing, online résumés, international calling/texting, etc.) (SOURCE // v3.co.uk).

How is Digital Communication different from other modes of communication (TV, radio, conversations, magazines, letters, talking on the phone, etc.)?

Digital Communication has revolutionized the way people live and communicate today. It can be defined as the communication of information through the web, video, audio messages, texts and or animated multimedia. This form of communication has taken the world by storm and is accessible to people of all walks of life; this is one of the major perks of digital communication. It is unique in comparison to other modes of communication like television, radio, magazines, snail mail, etc. in that is widely available and quick in transmitting a message. However, one difference and potential downside of digital communication is that it often does not allow for an immediate, emotional response from the message receiver. For example, if you send a text message to someone giving your condolences of a recent tragedy, their response via text would be very different response-wise if you were to give condolences over the phone or in person. That is because in person or over the phone, one is able to physically see or hear emotional responses to the message immediately. This is not able to be done in digital communication all the time. Also, digital communication often provides a permanent record of something said or done because once it’s out on the web for one person to see, it’s out there for everyone to see. My parents always remind me to never put anything on the Internet that I wouldn’t want to be on the front page of the New York Times. The point here is to simply think before you post.

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Our world constantly revolves around our communication via electronic devices like the iPhone, iPad, etc. It’s easy and quick, so why not? Today, people arguably spend more time interacting with others behind a screen than they do in person. (SOURCE// The Odyssey Online).

2. How has the internet changed the following?

  • The World:

The Internet has changed the world in countless ways, both positive and negative. It has allowed for people of all different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds to communicate and interact via the World Wide Web despite their location. It has allowed for messages to be transmitted to a mass amount of people in a very short period of time. Overall, the Internet has globalized and mobilized our world.

  •  Society:

The Internet has completely altered the way in which people in society today communicate. It used to be conversations via mail and the telephone and the passing by on the streets, but now communication is often done via email, video messaging, social media websites, etc. Today, society often converses with family and friends behind a screen and not always face-to-face as it often used to be. I personally believe lack of face-to-face interaction is hurting some peoples’ interpersonal communication and relationships today.

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This image is representative of how both people and content are digitized online today (SOURCE// PC World).
  • Personal Identity:

The Internet is a great resource and tool to market yourself to future employers and those around you. It has enabled us to profile ourselves in the way we want others to view us. However, one can argue that one’s personal identity on the internet can easily be different than one’s actual personal identity. Essentially, we have total, filtered control of our identity on the Internet, even though some people don’t filter the parts of them that may be better left unknown to the web. The Internet has allowed us to display ourselves in a way that we want to be portrayed. Overall, identity on the Internet is an important image to many people today but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is truly reflective of an individual.

  •  Politics:

Politics and the internet have certainly intertwined as the internet has taken over our world. Political candidates of all types now use the internet to promote themselves, their resumes, and their morals and ideals. The Internet is a great tool for politicians to get involved and communicate with a mass amount of people in a fast way. However, politics and the Internet have also fueled controversy for politicians and furthermore, fueled clashes between the United States and opposing countries. The Internet has simply provided politics with another way to campaign and advertise certain political policies; however, it can be both a negative and positive measure of communication.

  •  Journalism:

The Internet and its wide net of capabilities like reading diverse news content and books, for example, has changed the face of journalism. Journalism is no longer solely released in print or hard copy form. It does not just consist of printed books, magazines, and or newspapers. Today, the internet has allowed for reading content (both informative, educational, and for leisure) to be published on a platform that is accessible to millions. Furthermore, readers are able to share their ideas and opinions and connect with one another in this way.

  • Truth & Knowledge:

Truth and knowledge is something all people want. However, with the expansion of the world wide web and its great mass of information and sources, it is hard to distinguish what is true and what isn’t. The Internet is great in that is allows people to gain a greater sense of knowledge on a topic and develop their own opinion on that topic. Yet, it is sometimes difficult to tell what information is true and what is twisted with bias and incorrect facts. But with the amount of information and background we can typically find about writers today, it isn’t too difficult after a quick Google search to gage what is true and what isn’t.

3. List the 3 greatest benefits and 3 most problematic aspects of the internet.

Benefits:

  • Provides a plethora of information on all sorts of topics
  • Provides an easy way to communicate and engage in discussion with others
  • Allows for businesses to grow (marketing, social media, etc.) & e-commerce to thrive

Problematics Aspects:

  • Exposure of Personal Information to Strangers/Identity Theft
  • Addiction to Internet/Social Media & Lack of Personal, Face-to-Face Relationships
  • Pornography & Spreading of Elicit Content
  • Platform for Bullying & Sexual Predators
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