Futurist, Dr. Thornburg, (Laureate Education, 2009) discusses the emergence of technology, by suggesting that one method in which new innovations “catch on” is due to their ability to rekindle the past.
In the past, communities depended on one another: for support in facing hardships, for survival when faced with natural phenomenon and to provide entertainment within their communities. As individuals moved away, their ability to maintain contact with friends and loved ones across distance has been handled through limited means over the years: snail mail, telephone, FAX, and email. Modern-day communities have expanded with the advent of social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Technology now allows users to maintain contact with friends and family, even from great distances, unifying each user’s community from their past and present in the convenience of one website. Users can chat synchronously, or message asynchronously, share photos, and send/receive updates from groups of personal interest, and friends, and play games together. These activities are reminiscent of the support and codependence of the communities of the past.
Laureate Education, Inc. (2009). Emerging and future technology. Baltimore: Author.