as the industrial revolution of the late 1700’s to early 1800’s had
transformed all aspects of society, the digital revolution continues to
turn the world upside down as digital technology grows in leaps and
bounds. With examples such as instant messaging, chat, text messaging,
e-mail, cell phones, and Internet telephony, the incredibly broad spectrum
of choices we now have, even just in the area of communications, can make
anyone’s head spin. What are some of the far-reaching effects of digital
revolution on our lives? See for yourself by looking up the various
Internet articles and news reports cited below.
Resources Wikibooks presents a comprehensive discussion of the digital
revolution and other terms associated with it, such as information and
communications technology, the digital divide, and globalization, at Wikibooks.org.
A thorough analysis of how digital technology has affected youth culture
is at this
link. Gaming behaviors, fashion beyond clothing (cell phone covers,
for example), cyber bullying, and loss of identity are some of the
thought-provoking topics covered in this report.
In the News For
artwork that “brings steam power to the digital revolution,” click
this site (http://arts.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1817636,00.html).
The Steam-Powered Internet Machine is a couple of artists’ attempt to
connect the industrial revolution’s steam engine to the digital
revolution, and it actually works as advertised. In this
Computerworld article entitled “Bits to Atoms, (and Atoms to
Bits),” you can learn about MIT’s push towards “the third
digital revolution,” which is the merging of matter and information.
Harvard Graduate School’s Ed. Magazine reveals how digital technology
has greatly enhanced the classroom environment for the special needs
student in this report (www.gse.harvard.edu/news/features/cast06012002.html).
Read all the
late-breaking news about how the government’s part in the digital
revolution at GOVEXEC.com’s E-Government site (www.govexec.com/technology).
At Washington Post’s Digital
Revolution site, you can see the most innovative uses of digital
technology in the farthest corners of the world.