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.
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