Information Technology and Society

Recently, there are lots of concerns whether technology affects every part of family life. Evidence suggests that it does have a negative impact on our lives. We are spending more time in doors than we are outside. The time spent on the computer, watching TV or playing computer occupies about 8 hours a day. This time is usually spent alone and not with the rest of the family. In addition, everything around us is connected with technology. The two sources selected for analysis portray different aspects of technological developments and 5heo impact on mankind. Thesis With all the technology people have nowadays they do not need to leave their house anymore, they can do everything from the comfort of their home, but technology also makes us slaves unable to think rationally and objectively.

In the book, Jenkins states that at the beginning of the 21st century, information technology and communication become an integral part of the corporation. Information technologies help organizations to manage and control all processes, develop their infrastructure and change. The most rapidly developing topic related to technology in recent years has been IT, with the developments coming so fast that everyone has difficulty keeping up with them and developing conclusive interpretations about their effects on organizations.

The rapid advent of computer applications, the Internet, and other forms of information and communication technology have major implications for organizations and their management, but people have trouble saying exactly what effects they have and why.

As for effects on public organizations, especially until recently, research has been scarce1. The rational for the research paper is to investigate and analyze new trends in information systems application and their impact on communication, effects on corporate design, structure and productivity. It is assumed that advances in technology, especially computer, information, and communications technology, have presented organizations and managers with dramatic new challenges and opportunities, and researchers have been pressing to develop the theoretical and research grounding needed to understand and manage these developments2.

In contrast to Jenkins, documentary “A Crude Awakening – The Oil Crash (2006) portrays that technology has a great impact on our life and routine activities, family relations and communication patterns. Modern Americans are overly dependent to technology using it in daily routines.

The increasing role of technology in modern life is explained by its deterministic role in production. Since everyone depends on others in the technical division, the life is threatened by scientific change. Mobile phones and personal computers, modern appliances and cars simplify our life but make us dependent on technology. Thesis Americans are overly dependent to technology because they cannot imagine their life without mobile phones and cars; without these devices many people become helpless and vulnerable in modern world3.

The basic assumption states that society is not predestined or otherwise forced to a particular technology. Thus, the way and mode of life is shaped by technological devices. The first is changes in scope and uniqueness of the two main sectors — information and industry. This representation classifies industrial production into traditional and high-tech industries, each with diverse needs for technology and innovations. Technology allows modern people to exchange information faster and simpler than ever before.

The information can be seen as a two part sector of economy: home-based services and information industries. Both of these sectors provide people with innovations and information applications that have emerged exponentially but play a great role in everyday life of society. These innovations are iPod and iTunes, online shops and chart rooms, etc. These technologies have paved the way for applications in many fields of information processing, at the same time as the production of VCRs create new opporuntities for viewers to watch preferred programs when they wish.

As technology advances, people become bounded by computers, from large ones handling medical and scientific tasks to microcomputers in cars, home appliances, games, entertainment centers, and everywhere else. The many uses for technology at home are summed up as “instrumental” and “intrinsic.” Overdependence to technology is explained by the fact that people cannot live and perform well without technology and innovations that enter everyday life4.

It is possible to refute these arguments saying that technology supports our life and makes it easier and more pleasant. These ideas, despite their differences, stipulate that a quick socioeconomic growth is under way. This process forms what is typically called the “information society” whose factors are different from earlier societies. Many people in rural areas do not have access to the Internet and other deuces so they are not dependent on technology.

Modern life is based on the perception that a present situation will stimulate a set of alternative choices via technology, and the future should be viewed within a wide range of opportunities. Among technological solutions are emergencies, news, and communication between individuals. Among the essential uses are the social contacts they make easy between friends, relatives, neighbors, and the world5.

American society overly dependent to technology paying more attention to advantages and opportunities of these technologies rather than its harmful and negative impact on their lives. Modern technology works with primary causes of change as the basis for creating new tactical options dependable to anticipated environments. A modern technology concept withstands new social changes. It provides efficient performance under all likely environments to enable flexible modification to coming changes. Thus, dependency on technology results in powerlessness and inability of a modern man to adapt to social environment without technological devices and innovations6.

The documentary depicts that new media and technology fasten information interchange. If two centuries ago, it took a month to two to deliver important news from one countries to the other, today it takes a second to transmit any information via the Internet or satellite technology. For instance, news is a powerful force for us all socially. New media and technology allow global society to view and understand political changes and conflicts in these countries and respond to global violence and misbehavior of some nations7.

The society should surrender to technology because it allows everyone sort of knows that news and information is relative, dependant on belief, public opinion, aggressive marketing. Technology improves communication between people and makes their life easier and more pleasant. It frees society from waiting for a morning newspaper or evening news. New media allows people to find online news and read any information from all over the world.

More fundamentally, this vision posited a universal network of individuals connected and communicating and sating individual needs and desires through the ether. New media creates a community of people. This view is already a common-place descriptor of ‘net heads’, heavy consumers of the new media. Technology connects the centre and the periphery and allows people belong to many communities8.

The society should surrender to technology because technology bring the new media and the IT revolution into the cannon of the old values and ineffective ways of communication, to explain in lovely books with lousy advances a new medium in terms of the previous new boys-television, radio, video etc. The market is intolerant of time wasting; there is not enough time to read out of date research. So society needs to get closer to technology, needs to be faster and easier in use. It needs to have an interactive relationship with the purveyors of information, of ideas, of retail. It needs to have a long-term strategy for its research.

Diversity information alone is seldom enough. Therefore, not simply what is said but also who said it is an important variable influencing whether an argument or information will change attitudes. There is also the general finding that diversity attitudes acquired by logical arguments are seldom acted out very logically.

In sum, two sources propose different interpretations of technology but state that modern technology has introduced us to many benefits which increase our efficiency, improve our productivity at work and streamline entertainment in the digital home. At the same time, its related promise – to increase our leisure time – has so far eluded us. Despite a variety of technological advances, our hours at work have increased, encroaching on our leisure time, our weekends and even our holidays. Finally, there are several significant observations that can be made about the malignant social effects of technology on communities. There are also numerous observations that can be made about the nature of communities.

Bibliography

Jenkins, H. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide NYU Press, 2006.

A Crude Awakening – The Oil Crash (2006). Dir. By McCormack. R., Gelpke, B. DOCURAMA, 2007.

Footnotes

  1. Jenkins, H. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (NYU Press, 2006), 54.
  2. Jenkins, H. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (NYU Press, 2006), 54.
  3. A Crude Awakening – The Oil Crash (2006). Dir. By McCormack. R., Gelpke, B. DOCURAMA, 2007.
  4. A Crude Awakening – The Oil Crash (2006). Dir. By McCormack. R., Gelpke, B. DOCURAMA, 2007.
  5. Jenkins, H. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (NYU Press, 2006), 52.
  6. A Crude Awakening – The Oil Crash (2006). Dir. By McCormack. R., Gelpke, B. DOCURAMA, 2007.
  7. A Crude Awakening – The Oil Crash (2006). Dir. By McCormack. R., Gelpke, B. DOCURAMA, 2007.