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I think that one of the most basic effects of the information/ technology revolution is the emphasis on speed. Societies have become more insistent on immediacy and speed with which information is received, processed, and sent. Part of the reason why newspapers and periodicals are struggling are because of the massive proliferation of internet- based news sources. The newspaper can only be produced once a day. Online news sources can stream information quicker than a newspaper. The emergence of "Twitter" or "Texting" as a way to communicate information has supplanted even email, which supplanted traditional forms of communication. Chatting is in real time on the web, and in the process, one sees how the emphasis on speed has become a side effect of the technological/ information revolution. The expectation has become that speed and urgency with which communication, transmission, and sharing of information has become a standard element that is now embedded in the manner in which people interact.
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