Quote URL: http://pcp.lanl.gov/cybspace.html

In the article of Dyson et. al (1994), they mentioned that the introduction of new technology and new products creates the potential for dynamic competition between and among technologies and industries. In the old times, the only way for peoples to read news is through newspaper. But in the society today, there are varieties of ways for us to know about the latest news. For instance, broadcast radio and TV news, online news, phone application news, traditional newspaper and so on. According to Salwen, Garrison and Driscoll (2005), most of the television and radio stations, magazines, newspapers and all sort of publication have a presence online due to millions of web users read news on the Internet everyday (as cited in Dimitrova & Neznanski 2006).  As we could see, the news industry in society today is very competitive, each seeking to find the best way of serving customers’ needs. All the organizations are facing dilemma as well due to more people consume news online nowadays. Grabowicz (2012) revealed that organizations facing difficulties in reallocating resources to attract new readers and viewers while they are still trying to hold on to their existing, and usually aging, print or broadcast audiences.

According to Dyson et. al (1994) as well, “cyberspace can be one of the main forms of glue holding together an increasingly free and diverse society”. This is truly applicable to teenagers in today society. Social media today provides us an opportunity to keep closer with our friends and family. Besides, smartphones come with many different applications for us to chat as well such as whatsapp, line, wechat and others. All these social media and applications allow us to keep in touch with peoples all the time. Besides, it enables us to chat with our overseas friends and family as well. Dyson et. al (1994) also discussed that the creation of “electronic neighbourhoods” bound together not by geography but by shared interests. People get together not by staying near to each other but with their common interest. For instance, those who like online gaming are able to know many people from all over the world when they are playing certain games. In cyberspace, we able to know many unknown people from all over the world by having the shared interest.

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Dimitrova, D & Neznanski, M 2006, Online journalism and the war in cyberspace: A comparison between U.S. and international newspapers. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication12(1), accessed 29/8/2012, http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue1/dimitrova.html

Grabowicz, P 2012, Print and Broadcast News and the Internet, accessed 29/8/2012, http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/digital-transform/print-and-broadcast-news-vs-internet/

Dyson, E, Gilder, G, Keyworth, G & Toffler, A 1994, Cyberspace and the American Dream: A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age, accessed 29/8/2012, http://www.pff.org/issues-pubs/futureinsights/fi1.2magnacarta.html

The story of “INTERNET”.

Are you a heavy user of the internet?

How much do you know about internet?

Let’s watch a video clip before u continue reading this post.

The video above shows a brief history of Internet.

The Internet has revolutionized the computer and communications world like nothing before. According to Sterling (1993), the intriguing concept of a decentralized, blastproof, packet-switching network was kicked around by RAND, MIT and UCLA during the 60s. The National Physical Laboratory in Great Britain set up the first test network on these principles in 1968. By December 1969, there were four nodes on the infant network, which was named ARPANET. Throughout the ’70s, ARPA’s network grew. Its decentralized structure made expansion easy. As the ’70s and ’80s advanced, many very different social groups found themselves in possession of powerful computers. It was fairly easy to link these computers to the growing network-of- networks. The Internet’s pace of growth in the early 1990s is spectacular, almost ferocious. It is spreading faster than cellular phones, faster than fax machines.

In the article of Sterling as well, he said: “Why do people want to be on the Internet? One of the main reasons is simple freedom.” Yes, this is true. People like us love to spend our time on the internet and do whatever we like. Especially teenagers, internet playing an important role in their life. As for me, I used internet to do assignment, do some online shopping, online chatting with friends, watch movie online and so on. Leiner et al. (2012) mentioned that Internet is at once a world-wide broadcasting capability, a mechanism for information dissemination. Besides, it also act as a medium for collaboration and interaction between individuals and their computers without regard for geographic location.

Internet users worldwide in 2000 and 2010

Image URL: http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/10/22/incredible-growth-of-the-internet-since-2000/

The chart above shows that there are more than five times as many Internet users in year 2010 as there were in 2000. Pingdom (2010) revealed that “the Internet hasn’t just become larger, it’s also become more spread out, more global.”

internet population 2007-2012

Image URL: http://royal.pingdom.com/2012/04/19/world-internet-population-has-doubled-in-the-last-5-years/

Another chat from Pingdom website that shows the number of Internet users worldwide reached 2.27 billion in year 2012. Add on, Asia’s Internet population stand at the first place right now with the figure of 418M. As we could see, Internet population is increasing year by year. Could you imagine the total population of Internet in the next 10 years?

“It’s human nature to get used to changes, so most of us have a tendency to forget how rapidly the world has changed, and keeps changing” (Pingdom 2012).


Leiner, B, Cerf, V, Clark, D, Kahn, R, Kleinrock, L, Lynch, D, Postel, J, Roberts, L  & Wolff, S 2012, Brief History of the Internet, accessed 17/8/2012, http://www.internetsociety.org/internet/internet-51/history-internet/brief-history-internet

Pingdom 2010, The incredible growth of the Internet since 2000, accessed 17/8/2012, http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/10/22/incredible-growth-of-the-internet-since-2000/

Pingdom 2012, World Internet population has doubled in the last 5 years, accessed 17/8/2012, http://royal.pingdom.com/2012/04/19/world-internet-population-has-doubled-in-the-last-5-years/

Sterling, B, 1993 ‘A Short History of the Internet’, pp.1-6, accessed 17/8/2012, https://vista.uow.edu.au/webct/urw/tp0.lc20663/cobaltMainFrame.dowebct

Afterword: Why Networks Matter

This is the first time for me to use WordPress and the first post for my DIGC 202 subject – Global Networks. To be frank, I don’t really know what it is about when i enroll for this subject. After reading Castells’s article, I started to get some idea about it. Network is playing a very important role in our current daily life. Few questions before you continue reading this. Could you survive without the existence of network? How would your life be without network? For me, i think my life would be very dull without this very important stuff – “network”. I used to surf internet everyday, logging in my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to keep myself updated all the time. Network do playing an important role for my life.

Castells (2004) did mention about the network society expands on a global scale. That’s true, no doubt. Today, we could know what’s happening around the world by just one click. For example like Olympic 2012 Dato Lee Chong Wei’s badminton match, I could see my friends updating about this on Twitter and Facebook. They are like live reporters to announce the latest result to everyone. For those who couldn’t watch the live match like me, can update through all these social media. Talk about the Olympic 2012 again, I missed out the opening and closing ceremony of it. By searching through youtube, I’m able to watch it online. Everything is just one click away, easy and efficient.

Does networks really matter in our lives? According to Castells (2004), networks matter because they are the underlying structure of our lives. Yes, it’s true. Surfing the internet had already become a habit in our lives, especially teenagers. Everything for them is about online such as online gaming, online chatting, online shopping and so on. Network is like a multipurpose space for us to do anything we want and we like. Isn’t it powerful?


Castells, M 2004, ‘Afterword: why networks matter’, pp.221-225, accessed 1/8/2012, https://vista.uow.edu.au/webct/urw/tp0.lc20663/cobaltMainFrame.dowebct