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First Impression

05 Aug

My name’s Jonathan Arcigal Chan. This blog is created as an assessment task for the subject Global Networks that I’m taking for this semester. For this first post, the class is required to post about our first impression of the first lecture.

To be honest, when I first saw the subject being Global Networks, I really didn’t know what to expect. To my understanding, the simplest definition of global is  worldwide, and networks are sort of like connections we have with people. Put those two together you get worldwide connections. And the first thing that popped into mind was the Internet.

Apart from the lecturer (Mr. Faizal) briefing about what the class would learn throughout the semester, I learnt that networks existed way long ago. The only difference between then and now may only be the way of communication. Back then, people communicate with friends, family, or even business partners or trader with letters, telegram, or any form of physical material. Compared to now and along with the evolution of technologies, almost everything is done digitally and fully utilizing the amazing creation of the Internet.

According Manuel Castells (2004) “Afterwords: Why networks matter” business organizations are able to use the Internet to actually work together with other organization or even globalize their business. Ways of communication is modernized from using pen and papers to using messaging applications or emails. Castells also mentioned that if a company or an organization does not follow with the changes or shifts of the network they will be over performed by competitors. “Networks matter because they are the underlying structure of our lives.” (Castell 2004) 

It was interesting listening to Mr. Faizal introducing the subject with examples that the class could relate to. I  am looking forward to learning more on the relationship between the cyberculture and the society.

Reference:

Castells, M 2004, ‘Afterword: why networks matter’, pp.221-225, accessed 5/8/2012,https://vista.uow.edu.au/webct/urw/tp0.lc20663/cobaltMainFrame.dowebct

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6 Comments

Posted by on August 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

6 responses to “First Impression

  1. lucasleehn

    August 14, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Hi Jonathan, nice to meet you. Well I do believe that global networks is very important to our world today. Nice theme for your blog, keep it up (:

     
  2. ramconvergmedia

    August 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Yes, networks today are so different from yesteryears. Instead of paper and pen, facsimiles and telephone, taking hours and days, we can now network digitally and instantly. What a difference a decade makes! – Comment by Ram Peow Loong Naidu.

     
  3. chinnie90

    September 3, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Agree much of what you’ve quoted from Castell (2004) saying ““Networks matter because they are the underlying structure of our lives.”, because it is almost impossible to live in a world like the yesterdays, such as before the existence of networks. I think people will just be devastated!

     
  4. ramconvergmedia

    September 4, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Yes, networks today are so different from yesteryears. a lot of today’s trends are changing creatively. Instead of paper and pen, facsimiles and telephone, taking hours and days, like our parents and grandparents used to we can now network digitally and instantly. This is all thanks to the internet and all kinds of amazing online websites like MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and Skype. We can now communicate, faster and more effectively with others across long distances and in real time. What a difference a decade makes! – Comment by Ram Peow Loong Naidu.

     
  5. aryssafahmy

    September 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Global Networks is important to everyone. I don’t think anyone can live without it for even a day. It is hard to get our work done without it.

     
  6. lucasleehn

    September 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Networking is really important in the world we living today. It has not only change the way we live but also in the aspect of business purposes.People today too rely on technologies to survive, for a example, our handheld devices such as Iphone and Ipad. As we can see, people always have these type of hand held devices when they’re out from home. Indeed it actually helps us to improve our efficiency in the areas of communication and also to get the work done but we are also too attach to it.

     

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