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Computers will allow greater surveillance over workers and the general population as more personal information will be stored in databases - Computers will benefit large organizations (i.e. gov’ts and corporations) more than small organizations and individuals - Computers will speed up work activity and perhaps create more work per employee - Computers will increase centralization of authority and control in government and business - Computers will put many people out of work as more functions within organizations become automated - Crimes such as identity theft will be more problematic as more personal information is stored in computer databases Satellites - Telecommunications satellites have made the world a smaller place, as they are capable of relaying signals containing information, audio, and images to transmitters and receivers around the world - Satellites eliminate the need for travel to far-flung areas of the globe, as corporations can maintain contact with foreign branches instantaneously - Satellites increase the risk of warfare in outer space, as rogue nations can use missiles to knock out the communication networks of more powerful nations such as the US - Satellites can be rendered inoperable by flying space debris Television - Will be heavily dependent on advertising - Watching will take away quality family time (a bad thing??? Lol) - When people watch television, they are not doing other things - Watching is a passive activity and a one-way form of communication - A very expensive medium to own and control, therefore television will increase the influence of rich and powerful individuals and organizations - News and information will be filtered before it reaches viewing audiences - Glamourous imagery and violence work better on television than the slow pace of everyday life - Entertainment programming will take priority over educational programming - The boundary between information and entertainment will disappear Internet - Will the internet replace other media such as newspapers, magazines, film, audio recording (records, tapes, and CDs), and television? - Unlike other electronic media, the Internet is a two-way form of communication; anyone with access can post messages, images or video and share it with other users
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- More people are shopping online; what does this mean for traditional ‘brick and mortar’ stores? - More people are meeting each other through social networking sites (e.g. Facebook) and online dating sites - Some sites are valuable sources of information while others are purveyors of ‘fake news’, propaganda, conspiracy theories, gossip, and hate - Identity theft, fraud, and cyber bullying are some of the crimes that are committed online; this raises the question as to whether the Internet should be regulated like other media *exam question on how interconnected we are and how we rely on internet and television to get information; the strengths and weaknesses
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