We have come a long way the past two hundred years globally, from the first commercial electric telegraph, the first trans-Atlantic cable to 5G networks. With so many periods to cover in the expansion of the global nervous system, I am going to touch on the stage I am most familiar with – the early 2000’s til now.
I remember as a very young child that awful high pitched sound when dialling up. I remember having a fax machine. I remember fighting over who would answer the home phone and playing neopets on a chunky PC (rip </3 ).
Fast forward 10 years and these mediums are dead. Within the space of a decade I have witnessed first hand a complex digital revolution. I mean, hello, never would I have thought as a child that studying digital media would even be a course option!
The fact that this post is published on an online source, in the most direct and accessible way possible says it all. All the vastness of cyberspace and you are here on my page, reading this post. How times have advanced. Long gone are the days I recall as a child flipping through the newspaper to get to the comics or reading the latest volume of Total Girl (cringe).
The expansion of these information networks has contributed to the metaphorical global nervous system. For the longest time I have been apart of this concept but have had no idea of its existence. I’m going to finish off this mini memoir here but leave you all with this question – What’s your earliest memory of your involvement with this colossal global nervous system?