Introduction: How the Internet has Changed Society

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Over the years, the internet has grown and shaped the way in which we communicate not only with each other, but with businesses as well. The way interactions have been shaped by the internet has led to new ideas in marketing, PR, and social networking, which itself was a new form of communication born from the internet.

From the early days of cable internet and ARAP Net, to the modern day of individual hotspots and smart phones, our access to the internet has grown quickly over the years into a necessary part of everyday life. Lets look at how some of these communications have grown.


Communication Over the Years

From the days of mail, people have looked for ways to get in touch and stay in touch. Once phones were invented, people had a more personal way to stay in contact. And it was only a matter of time before the internet was used for personal communication.

Starting with the invent of email, people have been finding more and more ways to communicate whenever and wherever they need to. And with the improvements in technology, it has been easier for people to communicate on the move easier.

Once cell phones came around, people had a way to talk on the phone from anywhere cellular service was available. And cellular service is the most important part of communicating today, because it makes the individual technologies available from anywhere in the world.

It is some of these advances in technology that have helped to advance the ways in which we communicate with other people on a multitude of platforms, from mobile devices to personal computers and everything in between. And they continue to improve, shaping the way in which communication will work in the future.

For a more in-depth look at the history of the internet, check out this article from Internet Society.


The Media Shop Internet Exposé

Over the next two weeks, the Media Shop will take an in-depth look at multiple different aspects of the internet communication, and how these different forms of internet communication have been influential in shaping our media culture. The tops will be:

  • Peer-to-Peer Communication
    • How communicating with people your age has changed, and the need for constant communication with our peers.
  • Self-Actualization
    • The need for the internet to make us happy and the way in which we focus on likes and followers to feels happy.
  • Romantic Relationships
    • The way in which finding love has changed and the growth in online dating.
  • Advertising
    • The growth in internet and social media advertisement, making the ads coming from companies feel more personal and more direct.
  • HR
    • The way people can use their personal social media accounts to brand themselves as their own business, especially with the way companies use certain hiring tactics.
  • Interpersonal Communication
    • The way that communicating one on one has changed, and the way in which personal communication has disappeared in the real world.


For the next two weeks, we will post three articles, Monday through Wednesday, a Slack Chat on Thursday, and a Podcast on Friday. Stay tuned for every article, and make sure to leave comments for future articles.