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This question can and has had books composed on it. In taking one particular example, I would say that both revolutions widened the world and made it smaller simultaneously. One of the most compelling aspects of the industrial revolution was the forging of new paths to different parts of the nation. The establishment of roads, canals, turnpikes, as well as Western settlement and expansion helped to make the nation larger in size and broadening economic vistas. At the same time, I would say that the nation became smaller because it was connected more freely and people began to understand the greater sense of interconnectivity. You can see where this is going. The information revolution transformed our understanding of the world, creating the idea of "globalized" conditions and sensing that there is so much of the world that might have been previously cut off due to ideology or simple unawareness. As the information revolution connected more parts of the world, it also shrank the world, as innovations in technology allowed a greater sense of understanding our similarities in the world. The expansion and contraction of the world was an idea present in both transformative movements.
All true. This is such a broad concept, so I'll just focus on something of which I'm convinced. Both movements have created a lazy society which wants nothing more than finding ways to be even lazier. The industrial revolution did, in fact, make so many aspects of life easier--and I'm not saying I'd want to do without so many of today's modern conveniences which stem from that. In doing so, however, we have come to expect things to get easier and quicker. The information revolution has done the same thing, simply in a different arena. I do love many of the communication aspects of information technologies; however, it has made me a lazy researcher in many respects. We've lost our initiative to go and seek and search and learn from experience--we'd rather read about it.
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