11 The Pragmatics of Communication—The Internet as a Coherent and Complete Societal System
The Pragmatics of Communication—The Internet as a Coherent and Complete Societal System
The Internet has developed into a complete and coherent societal system. This statement is made in recognition of the Internet’s major position in individual lives and societies as a whole. Nearly every aspect of a person’s life is touched directly or indirectly by the Internet. Nearly everything that can be accomplished physically can be accomplished digitally. Those things in life that cannot be accomplished digitally have been transformed through the Internet.
Within this chapter, we will examine four key areas that have been transformed through the Internet: (1) health care, (2) banking, (3) employment, and (4) education. These areas were isolated because of their prevalence online, their unique qualities, and their fundamental position within society. Many additional areas, some of which will be addressed in the conclusion, are emerging and expanding online. As such, there is little doubt that the Internet will continue developing as a complete and coherent societal system. ← 247 | 248 →