TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE
The advent of the internet and the social media has helped to transform human life to more creative and enlightened existence (O’Keeffe et al.,2013).The internet has helped to transform education, work, and communication making it easier than ever before.
For many years humanity has been seeking simple ways of communicating to enhance socialization, work, and business (Livingstone,2004).
However what has appeared to be the solution to barriers of communication and geographical distances has turned out to be harmful. The internet has caused multiple problems to the youth and children. They are exposed to adult material and cyber bullying. Businesses that have adopted it solutions have also been exposed to cyber security issues like hacking.
Regulatory mechanisms, as well as security policies, need to be introduced to solve the new problems that technology solutions have come with. For example, social media sites have to come up with ways of minimizing cyber bullying. Superior technological solutions to counteract hacking should also be explored (Mangold et al.,2004).
Other new problems that might be introduced include internet addiction. For example, the youth spend so much of their time visiting social media sites instead of helping up with constructive tasks of making the society better. Issues of cybercrime are also expected to morph into more sophisticated forms that may not be easy to deal with unless a comprehensive mechanism is created (Van Dijck,2013).
Businesses and those who are socially privileged can acquire special political and economic power; this is because they have the ease and the capacity to harness technological advantage for their benefit compared to the less privileged (Jenkins et al.,2009).
New technology has created a breeding site for the development of slang, and traditional ways of communication are becoming archaic slowly by slowly. The traditional language is fast changing into new forms (Bertot et al.,2010).
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