The ability to send a message but not an object is the epitome of the technological age. Prior to the global expansion of new communication technologies such as the early telephone and dot-dash transmitter – thereby linking the world together – information and objects were both sent via non digital means. With the creation and growth of these new technologies this idea of the technological age blossomed into existence.
Early renditions of what we now call the internet are traced back to the United States acting on the possible threat of a lack of communications following a nuclear attack during the Cold War. This militaristic communications tool however was quickly over transformed from strictly long distance computing, to personal high speed post office. Sterling (2003) describes that employees were very enthusiatic about the person to person communication capabilities of this new technology, shorty forums began arising thus the internet became the mass peer to peer communication tool it is today. The article describes the internet and world wide web as a “curiosity”, it is only as strong as the number of users. Sterling’s article further describes the technological advances made possible by the internet however its short comings are within the age of the publication, being from 1993 and the exponential growth of the technological age, there are omissions and miss-predictions.
The idea of interdependency is reinforced in the chapter ‘Information Ecology’ by Stalder (2005) by describing the connectedness of each node. This returns to the idea of a distributed network. This type of network is in place so as to avoid any nodes losing connection thereby being amputated from the digital nervous system.
Distributed networks seem to be the most stable of the connections however as the internet grows it begs the question if it is possible to have this connection. It seems as though a decentralised network would be easiest to instil, however it does run the risk of losing nodes.
Overall, the metaphoric representation of the world as a body with the internet being the nervous system is quite accurate. The expansion and widespread accessibility of this new communication tool is the cornerstone resulting in the creation of and boom of the technological age. This technological age has allowed and created global networking.
Sterling, B. (1993) ‘A Short History of the Internet’, in THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE
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Stalder, F. 2005, ‘Information Ecology’, in Stalder F (ed), Open Cultures and the Nature of Networks pp. 62-66, viewed 8th August 2014 <https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/245648/mod_resource/content/1/Stalder%2C%20F.%20-%20Open%20Cultures%20and%20the%20Nature%20of%20Networks.pdf>>