developments from digital environments
11. Reshaping Our Social Environment
Global Village or Global Marketplace?
from Frances Carincross, Death
- Horizontal bonds
(language, culture, jobs) will be strengthened across different parts of
- Vertical bonds
(governments and companies
to people) will weaken.
- Familiarity may
(or may not) breed love; but it will drive knowledge of others.
- Income distribution
across countries will narrow, but within countries will widen.
leaves tracks: commercial use of
content can be targeted.
overload will both enable and cripple government surveillance efforts.
- The World is Flat?
from Thomas L. Friedman, The World is Flat, 3.0
- Previously closed economies are open to the world.
- The internet enables wide information sharing and the use of workflow software.
- Work can be open sourced (with "everyone" participating), outsourced, insourced, and off-shored.
Personal digital communication devices bring individuals into quick contact with information and the economic stream.
- The flateners join with the openings to dynamically illustrate the benefits of horizonal integration.
- Crowdsourcing can be . . . well . . . dangerous
(Minds for Sale).
- In the village,
- Be interconnected
- Be interdependent
- Telecommute, mixing
home with job
- Share a cultural veneer
so, would be informed about each other.
- In the marketplace,
- Would share a public
- Could access widely
available info. resources
- Could scale info.
use to their needs
- Are very independent.
Urban Villagers or Urbane Villagers?
- Urban Villagers might stress
their participation as villagers and use info. to nurture culture and relationships
- Urbane Villages folks might ignore those in need and eschew contact with others.
- Each week, the typical American continues to increase his/her media time, watching over 35 hours of TV, 2 hours of which is timeshifted TV, 20 minutes of online video and 4 minutes of mobile video, while also spending nearly 4 hours on the Internet. In addition, 59% of Americans surf the Internet and watch TV at the same time.
Article for Concept Application Note:
"Exposing the Bias Embedded in Tech"
Want to learn more?
Franklin Foer. World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech. Penguin Books, 2017.
Andrew Keen, The Internet is Not the Answer. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015.
Douglas Rushkoff. Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now. Penguin: 2013.
Frances Carincross, Death
Thomas L. Friedman, The World is Flat, 3.0