Blog 3: The Information Technology Revolution

There is a lot to unpack when reading the first chapter of Castells “The Information Technology Revolution.” He begins to describe the massive changes occurring in information technology. Castells emphasizes on the fact that electronics that are used to spread information are converging and interacting in their respective applications. As we see today all the tecnology we used is connected one way or another. We get out information from our television, phones, laptops etc. All of these technological advancements are connected one way or another. Castells then dives into the history behind information technology and the stages it originated from. He concludes that there are 3 stages in information technology. The automation of tasks, an experimentation of uses and reconfiguration of applications. The automation of tasks depends upon efficiency within the technology being used. The less manual use of complex tasks the more efficient it will be. We see this today with modern day technology. Our phones are the most efficient source of technology when it comes to finishing a task. With a push of a button I can find the best coffee shop in my area. The access of new information is easier than ever before. More and more information technology is being implemented daily as new types of laptops with different features are looking to make life easier for the public.

This all wouldn’t have taken place without the inventions of earlier technologies. Castells emphasizes on this greatly. In the 18th century, inventions such as the steam engine made it faster to deliver information. Fast forward a century later and now we have inventions such as the telegraph, which revolutionized the way we receive information. Castells praises these electronics for revolutionizing the way we receive information. Castells mentions microcomputers, micro-electronics, telecommunications etc. Although I do agree that technology has made accessing information easier and more effecient. There are some negative drawbacks I’ve observed when looking for information.

The main problem is the rise of social media. Time and time again we see tweets or facebook posts of someone randomly stating something and emphasizing that it’s true. A lot of people buy into this unfortunately and form an opinion based off someone else's opinion and not actual facts. I believe this is dangerous to society as a whole. Forming an opinion based off a random post reduces peoples capabilities of thinking for themselves and questioning things they see. Many people abuse this tool and try to create an agenda to further push their own viewpoints onto others. To combat this, it is our job when using this technology to question everything we see no matter how good or bad the news is. We should remind everyone that it is important to do research before we jump to rash conclusions.