More differences that make a difference

Ali, Mustafa (2014). More differences that make a difference. Kybernetes, 43(6)



Smart phones, swipe cards, Facebook, biometric passports, downloadable music, blogs, Twitter, CCTV, online banking, e-book readers, YouTube, cyber fraud, fibre optic cables, e-mail addresses, web pages, e-government, cyber activism, server farms, cybersex, etc. just a few of the numerous, and ever proliferating, pervasive phenomena that serve as everyday examples of the period in which we now live, often described in somewhat clichéd terms as “the information age”. The development of information and communication technologies (ICTs), especially during the last two decades, has transformed the lives of all of us - both those in “the west” as well as those in “the rest” to use an insightful formulation of the late sociologist and cultural theorist Stuart Hall (1992) which, despite continued claims for the pluralizing and democratizing tendencies associated with globalization, remains prescient vis-a`-vis distributions of power in the networked world.

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