An Internet Perspective

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A man and computer scientist Robert Taylor had developed a new system of communication that would change the world. Taylor would connect two separate computers that were capable of communicating small bits of information between one another. This was only intended to send simple text messages and numbers using an analog signal, but would prove to be a bigger help than originally imagined. Consequently, this basic networking of computers would soon develop into something much bigger and more vast than what had originally been envisioned. The Internet has become a fast and efficient way of connecting people of all cultures and locals. This in turn has given rise to an entirely unique from of business practice and consumer buying power. Social interactions between all types of peoples from around the world have also become more wide spread. The Internet has become a hotbed of business activity, a virtual shopping mall, a social paradise, and a culture all wrapped up in a neat little package.

Despite these advantages, this synthetic global connection with its massive networking of computers has drawbacks, such as an avoidance of direct social contact and alienation. The power to access both the business and social world from the average user's home hinders the desire to connect with the outside physical world.

The Internet serves many purposes, but has specifically altered the standard economic practices of businesses previously dependant on direct social contact in attracting and maintaining a healthy clientele. For instance, the use of email to communicate messages and send file attachments is a system that has eliminated much of the legwork involved in exchanging information pertinent to the needs of that particular customer. Inversely, this decreases the need for added employees, eliminating the costs of having to hire personnel to do such work, and has...