Strand: Battle for New Technologies
The rise of new information and communication technologies – social networking sites, internet encyclopedias, multimedia-sharing facilities and databases – is said to be ‘ushering in a new era’. While new technology is meant to unlock our creative potential, bring us together and enlighten us, we also fear it is transforming our lives for the worse – dumbing down culture, destroying relationships and eroding privacy. Will new technology live up to our greatest expectations or fulfill our worst fears by transforming how we relate to one another? Do we risk confusing technological advances with sociological trends? Are we giving technology too much credit?