Can you think of something happening today that can be thought of as a revolution?Can you think of something happening today that can be thought of as a revolution?
I think social networking must be viewed as only one part of a much larger revolution in communications that has had, and will continue to have, profound effects in society. Instant (and incessant!) communication has impacted every part of our personal and professional lives, in both positive and negative ways. We now carry computers in our pockets and purses.
We have become communication junkies, with quantity often surpassing quality in our use of new tools and toys. The number of texts sent in this country last year (and I've forgotten the exact figure) is astounding, and we must wonder why texting has become so pervasive. How many texts are significant in their content? What is going on that compels the texting phenomenon? What is the reason for the "separation anxiety" felt by so many when phones are turned off, lost, or left behind?
The technology revolution has produced a profound social revolution in that our daily lives and habits have changed so radically.
To answer this, you need to figure out what a revolution is. To me, a revolution is anything that causes a fundamental change in a society or an economy (or the society or economy of the whole world).
To me, the thing that is most revolutionary in today's world is the increase in globalization. As the world's economies get more and more interconnected, countries are losing control of their own economies. It is much harder for any one country's government to raise taxes, for example, without having major impacts on its economy. Firms can move relatively easily between countries to try to find the best deals. This means that each country is not as sovereign over its own economy as it used to be.
This means that, all over the world, markets are having more influence and politics less. The world economy is running more according to what investors want and less according to what individual national governments want.
Most of my immediate ideas were voiced in post #3. I also thought of the Green movement...our own school has recycling bins in every classroom and the kids are very active in science and tech classes trying to find new ways to use recycled items and coming up with new ways to energize our lives.
Another revolution that seems to be making headway is the whole "all natural" cleaners push. It is on the fringe of the Green movement, but really does make sense when we consider that most adults do not have the same respiratory issues or ADD, ADHD, and other attention and emotional/physical diagnoses as the children we teach do--the first generation really to be exposed to so many chemicals for house cleaning. My mom used mostly vinegar and baking soda for cleaning our house when I grew up, and now you walk down the cleaning aisle and come out with a headache the size of Texas just by breathing...and the caps are ON!
The previous thoughts got it right in linking globalization to a fundamental shift in how we think of ourselves and one another. Technology is a part of this. Its presence is undeniable and I think that one can see this in other domains. There is a technology revolution that is happening in education right now. I think that there is a genuine seismic shift in how technology can be used in the classroom. In so many domains, education is changing how teaching configures itself and how individuals are educators. Assessment, rapid feedback, Responses to Intervention, as well as differentiation of instruction are all domains where technology is profoundly impacting education. I would say that this can be seen as a revolution because individuals are not able to stop such an onslaught. It is here to stay and we, as individuals, are a part of it. I think that this constitutes as a revolution in education.
I think it's very significant that the number and frequency of processes that you could call "revolutionary" have been increasing rapidly, and the rate of the increase seems to be increasing itself. In the U.S., as recently as the 1930's, the rate of increase of new concepts was much lower than it is today, so that I (for one) think of the "old days" as relatively calm. WW II seems to mark some sort of watershed: afterward the rates of political, social, economic, and technological change began to mushroom.
If you're interested, you could look for more historical events that marked changes in the rate of "revolution": some increases, some decreases, some locall, some global; both before and after WW 11. How would you classify a "revolution" as "significant", or as "profound"? How often can you point to a single person or a specific event as the "trigger" of the change?
Absolutely. In politics, the Tea Party Movement is a modern revolution. The idea of a revolution is to create a complete turnaround of some kind (as a revolution may be defined as a complete turn). This movement is aimed at transforming the trend of ever-growing government, more money being taken out of the taxpapers' pockets than ever before, government takeover of social institutions, among other things. The hope is that electing a new kind of leader will result in that much-desired change.
Revolutions happen all the time on a much smaller scale, as in social networking (such as Facebook and Twitter) changing the way we interact with one another, for example. Good question!
The Green Revolution is another example. In Washington State they can't build windmills fast enough, and this is happening in other states too, along with more solar technology and affordability, much more fuel efficient cars (two electric models hit the market this year), and a massive investment in new research, energy efficiency subsidies and conservation efforts. Climate Change and the instability of oil as a resource (this summer's Gulf Spill was a prime example) are also pushing us closer to this revolution.
I would consider open access to education as a major revolution, in terms of online learning resources like WIZIQ, e-notes, ehow and the many institutions which offer online courses. Many of us now use wikis, blogs, webquests and a variety of social networking sites within our teaching and to facilitate our teaching. Skype has revolutionised easy video conferencing and we can teach and learn from anywhere in the world. This is the biggest revolution I feel I am experiencing.
I would agree with others in terms of thinking of how technology and internet is being used to spur revolutions. Consider the anti-globalisation movement and the rise of grass roots, indigenous movements, that harness the power of the internet in their protest. You might also want to think of the Green Revolution in terms of the rise of recycling, renewable energy forms etc.
There is a food revolution going on as well. With more attention on farming practices and healthy eating, more and more people are eating organic foods and are choosing to be "locovores" -- trying to eat locally produced foods which don't have the transportation "carbon footprint" on it. No more grapes from Chili out of season!
The developments that are taking place today in the field of information technology (IT) are considered by many as revolutionary. This adjective to development in It is justified by the pace of development of new technology as well as by its impact on the way we live and work.
The current information can be linked closely to the developments in the field of computers, Though real computers were already developed around 1950, the development in IT began to take shape of a revolution by about 1980 by combined effect of three contributing factors. First is the basic technological development of the hardware technology, second is the reducing prices of the hardware which made it unaffordable for increasing number of people. And finally the development of a wide variety of software . It must be noted that this development of software itself has been influenced heavily by very wide user base.
We do not know how much longer the speedy development in IT technology and use will continue at this revolutionary pace. However right now we see no signs of slow down.