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The New Media:

How The Future Evolves?

by Mey ELBI

The sun is rising up slowly over the city… A close-up to a house… It is Mr. New-tech residence. Eight o’clock in the morning…He is just waking up. He hears his chidrens’ laughter coming from downstairs… Mrs. New-tech is in the kitchen. She is giving order loudly to the intelligent robot who is preparing the breakfast for the family.

Mr. New-tech smiles and says to himself "What a wonderful day, let’s go to the beach after I finish some work." He sits in front of his computer, clicks on the button and contacts his clients through internet, chats with them for a few minutes and after getting the order, he sends a fax to some distributor to let them know of his clients’ order and request that the order should be sent within 5 work days. After, he connects to the Daily Newspaper web site and scrolls on the net for a moment. Then, he goes downstairs. He gets his coffee prepared by the intelligent robotica. He is relaxed and smiling. He is happy to manage his time as he desires… He doesn’t have to run all day in the city in the purpose to finish his work. All new technologies have facilitated his rhythm of life, giving him more time for leisure. He can concentrate more time to his family, play more with his children; and share more romantic time with his wife. How happy is the life like this without stress, mess and disorder…

The story above is perhaps a fiction or not… Maybe soon, we will all have a similar way of life or maybe our life will be more complicated. Who knows? It is only a creation of my imagination, or it is already the reality. I wish to foresee the future in a more peaceful and relaxing world where people will have more time for leisure and will enjoy more the days. But something is for sure that we are living in a high-tech period where a lot of changes in the social, political and economical structure of the society are happening or will happen because of all the technological developments.

Mankind, since its creation, is in a continuous process of development and advance. It is a natural instinct that humankind, forever, using his intelligence, is changing his environment with all the innovations that he brings into the society where he leads his life. "We shape our tools, and our tools shape us!". These two features are in constant inter-relations. Whenever a new technology is invented, it affects every aspects of the society - from its economy to its social facet. Therefore, it is correct to say "the medium is the message". Any medium, not only bring news and information, but it changes the course and functioning of human relations and activities. It takes time that people become familiar with the new innovation. A lot of measures should be taken into consideration to facilitate its introduction - accurate information about the new medium, easy access, education how to use it…- ; and thus, the transition from the old medium to the new one will be easy. Also a new innovation has to be in use long enough so that people will feel comfortable themselves with this new technology.

We are living at the edge of a transition, a change… Today, the computers and all other advanced technologies such as digital design, interactive TV and so on, are the dominant force reshaping our institutions and our structure of the society from family values to education.

Today, with the computer-based technology, as an extension of our central nervous system, we are living in a world where the message and the information become ubiquitous, is present everywhere or in several places simultaneously. The boundaries among the countries are on their way to disappear. We are entering in a phase which isdescribed as timeless, spaceless. To be present, not physically but virtually in anywhere in the world is possible. To obtain and convey information anytime from anywhere in the world isn’t limited by distances.

The new medium accelerates the speed of calculation and information. While as a consequence of this extension, the fragmentation and the specialization of the industrial-mechanical age becomes obsolete. The electronic technology creates the organic unity. We become part of the speed-up movement, part of the information.

What are the social, economic and cultural changes being wrought by computers and internet? Today, more and more people are spending time in cyberspace. The growing power of internet will make everything different. Let’s give some examples: power shifting away from the center towards individuals and small organizations.

Continuous changes of information and easy access to places will abolish national boundaries; as a consequence of this, some previous ideology like nationalism and centralism will be replaced by globalism and decentralism.

People, creating their own web-site on the net, will be able to market their product for a low cost and increase their sells by reaching houses locating 10.000 km. away from where they are settled.

Via e-mail, we will be able to find a lost friend and get in touch with our beloved anytime and anywhere.

We will be able to read our local newspaper in a foreign country and be up-dated of the news instantaneously.

With the innovative money management service that links our personal computer to the bank, we will be provided instant access to a wide range of financial information and banking capabilities. No longer will we rush to our bank and wait on line to pay our bills or to transfer money.

The net will give individuals the ability to be heard across the world, anonymously, individuals will be able to discover secrets about their personality and others. For the solitary person, maybe it will give an opportunity to find someone who will listen to him, and share his/her loneliness.

With the open world wide access of information, the establishment of democratie in some country will gain speed.

Of course, these are some of the advantages that the new technologies are bringing into our life. But for sure, there are wise people who will abuse of its power.

Now, the crucial question is how all this new technologies will be involved in our life in order to make our world more equal, more peaceful, more democratic. How, without yielding our localism -our cultural patterns and traditions- will we be able to lead a decent and unify life in this global village.

This issue is dedicated to contemporary Turkish artist Erol AKYAVA┼×.
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