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Raymond Williams noted the importance of the telephone as he described both telephony and the private photograph as means of alleviating the “dehumanizing social tendency” of the modern metropolitan society and establishing wider and more varied forms of communication-Jenie Betteridge assesses the impact of communication technologies by her discussion of social patterns of the inhabitants of Whiddy Island, where the telephone further privatized social life.-Whiddy Islanders found that communication no longer required face to face contact with the use of communication technologies-However, this privatization is not a sign of shrinking of reduction ofpersonal contact as Betteridge comments that the telephone gives geographically mobility and holds the community together. The islanders no longer meet on most days and instead their telephone call plays the same effect as their previous encounters-Communication technologies alter our perceptions of space, place, and time -Communication allows us to extend our virtual presence beyond our physical presence. -Technology allows us to inhabit social spaces that exist outside our immediate physical presence-Modern media and communication technologies have significantly altered our social experiences as well as our perceptions of ideology-Modern social life does not only entail living in a physical world, but also in a mediated culture. -Technology allows us to create a separate social identity, which is different from our physical identity-Concepts such as citizenship, patriotism, and community were strengthened by the media.-The introduction of new technologies allowed governments to interact with the population-“Electronic messages steal into places like thieves in the night” – Meyrowitz-How electronic media can destroy the specialness of a place: oThey render the idea of place irrelevantoThey decontextualize the cultural meaning of the place-The electronic media have made private spheres into public spheres and public spheres into private spheres. -Media induced déjà vu
-Due to communication technologies, whatever is happening somewhere in the world can be happening where we are. Yet when we are everywhere, we are also no place in particular – Meyrowitz-Throughout the 20thcentury, changes in physical proximity and distance and the effects of new technologies designed to negate theeffects of time and distance, have located, and disembodied individuals by stretching social relations– Green 2002. Study Questions

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