6 THE INTERNET
Going on line has totally changed society. Business is completely run by the Net. Social Media has also changed our relationships to how we meet and interact with one another. We can now pick and chose our friends our relationships our interests and our careers. We live in the world of the niche market. If you have a passion for Bakelite fishing reels you have a ready made community to share in your taste. Hooking up globally on line is the is probably the bu=iggest advancement of the 21 century.
Computers have produced a greater change than the internet. Without the computer the net would not exist and have advanced humankind in everything from payroll records through instant calculations in mathematics to the transport of men to the Moon
Aircraft is what really joined the world together. International travel before aircraft was rare. The opportunity to cross the globe in 24 hours has opened our eyes to diversity and helped to us see the other persons point of view. It has also spurned tourism one of the worlds largest industry employing millions of people world wide.
The ability to communicate almost instantly around the world precedes both the computer and the internet. Infact the acceleration of technology enjoyed in the past hundred and twenty years started with the telephone as isolated thinking could be shared instantly for the first time
Many might say I should have included the car or the washing machine here. These inventions have liberated individuals from drudgery but have not had the effect of the railways. The railways were the first way that humans could connect over long distances. Horses were used for thousands of years to travel from a to b but little changed until the railways ushered in the industrial revolution.
Printing is responsible for everything from the Christian Reformation to the development of science in the middle ages. The raising of learning as a life enhancing activity first perceived by the ancient Greeks has led to the masses learning to read. This would never have been possible without printing.
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