Edited By Foued Laroussi
Most mornings when I come into my ofﬁce, the ﬁrst thing I do is to switch on the computer and check incoming emails. On a typical day, I would receive messages from the Far East, from North America, from Australia and from Europe. These messages make me feel that I am in touch with the world. On the odd days when the college computer system is shut down for maintenance, or there is a genuine problem with the computer, I feel lost. I would go to the departmental ofﬁce and speak to other colleagues, who would look similarly at a loss as to what to do. We are all so dependent on Internet and electronic communications; we can’t live or work without them anymore. We depend on the Internet and other electronic re- sources for information, often as both the ﬁrst and the last resort. Internet and electronic communications do not simply mean new tools for exchanging information, but new ways to communicate with people. They add a powerful new channel that changes the way we interact with other people and impacts on the relationships we build with others. For example, they allow us to combine different media – text, graphics, sound, video, etc. – into a single mes- sage. That can result in far more meaningful communications tailored to the nature of one’s particular audience. Internet and electronic communications are increas- ingly interactive, engaging the participants in active, two-way communications. They create a new sense of closeness and relatedness,...
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