Education In Network Society.

I have decided to select an article from the University of British Columbia researcher, Pam Gill. This section of reading addresses the different, important sections in the development and rise of social networking and how it has become hugely integrated into our social lives from the latter part of the twentieth century. It gives us the information that although networking society is now almost totally globalised, that we’re all able to have our own individualised experience when online through the dissemination of words, sound and pictures. Pam Gill also writes a sections on the ‘new technology paradigm’, the importance of educational implications, and ‘the dangers of transformations in the networking society’ where he addresses, what he feels, the different pros and cons of the rapidly growing network and informational based age. Gill makes statements of how he believes society should be moving with this technological innovation or ‘revolution’ as he likes to put it, and how this could purpose innovation within the educational sector, helping anyone in education to access knowledge through this ever-expanding network society. That interaction with a blog or online post gives a much better response from the student and how the implication of online media into schools has encouraged productivity and connectivity. Overall This section of writing is about the importance of our knowledge in the networking society, and how we need to expand and learn as fast as we are producing new technology and the implications of this technological surge on education and how it will help with the interaction of education in our schools and universities.

Read it and let me know what your interpretation was!

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– Jed Colman.



The History Of The Internet.

I found an array of different sections interesting within this reading. The first being the invention of email messaging and the addressing of the ‘@‘ button in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson. This innovative section of media based history was the forefather of the social media platforms we all use today, giving us our own, personal and individual online lives, where we are able to reach people from all over the globe for the first time. From 1971 – 1973 this would become a transatlantic fixation and would account for up to 75% of ARPAnet’s network and usage activity. This then lead to the ‘liberation’ and commercialisation of the internet and provided an open and public space, easily available to everyone which we now call the world wide web. The section point I found interesting was the original development of ‘the internet’ or ARPAnet, and how it was conceived through the cold war arms race. How this innovative piece of technology was developed through the fear of nuclear attack from the soviet union and to deter anything like this happening in the united states. I find it great that something developed out of fear and war can evolve into something that helps people in their day to day lives.

– Jed Colman.