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ICTs in everyday life
We now live in a global village where distance in no longer a barrier to commercial or...
We now live in a global village where distance in no longer a barrier to commercial or social contact. This unit will enable you to gain an understanding of the information and communication technologies that drive our networked world and how they now permeate our everyday lives.
By the time you have completed this unit you should:
- know the meaning of all the terms highlighted in the text;
- understand the concept of the ‘network society’;
- have an awareness of how ICTs impact on your everyday life.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The network society
- 2 Your networked life
- Next steps
ICTs in everyday life
Whether we are aware of it or not, we are surrounded by networks through which information flows constantly. Our notions of time and location are changing – the world seems to have become a ‘global village’ where distance is no longer a barrier to commercial or social contact. If we live in Britain or other parts of the westernised world, it's difficult to imagine being without all the networked infrastructure that plays a crucial part in our daily lives. This unit is about how this infrastructure of information and communication technologies (ICTs) permeates our lives.
This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Networked living: exploring information and communication technologies (T175), which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Information and Communication Technologies course units or view the range of currently available OU Information and Communication Technologies courses.