At the end of his chapter on The Triple Convergence (from the World is Flat), Tom Friedman has this to say; ” You know the ‘IT revolution’ that the business press has been touting for the last twenty years? Sorry to tell you, but that was only the prologue. The last twenty years were just about forging, sharpening, and distributing all the new tools with which to collaborate and connect. Now the real IT revolution is about to begin….”. And Friedman wrote this almost 15 years ago!!
So, we might define the relationship between technology and globalization as continuing and rapid innovation in digital communication and computing that is making the world even more connected and accessible; the ongoing developments in reality-changing technology such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
Postman, however, suggests to us that there is no neutral technology; that there are always winners and losers with technological change, and that technology changes everything, including our very understanding of reality.
So. What are the “mechanisms” (institutions, policies, laws, habits, practices, phenomena) that promote, develop, and encourage this phenomenon? What contemporary global issues does technological globalization contribute to? Benefits? Problems?