In the last twenty years, the Internet has changed the way we communicate with one another and has brought global societies closer together. Using the Internet, organizations can reach customers across continents and individuals have the ability to share their opinions and ideas with the world. Geographic location does not exist as a barrier for business, making friends, or for communication. Internet and Global Society is a class at the University of Minnesota that explores the social, economic, cultural and political impact of the Internet around the world.
The class is taught through the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts. I took this course last year and really enjoyed it. Class time was spend in discussions, watching videos, and working in groups. Some of the assignments included:
- Comparison paper of two different social networking sites
- A paper on the positive and negative implications of globalization
- Creating a custom Google Map of a specific area's attractions, featuring information on each location.
- A paper on digital divide (the growing divide between people that use the Internet and those that do not)
For our final project we created a website that explored a specific topic that highlighted the social, political, economic, or cultural implications of new media technologies on the global society in more depth. My group's website presented the Internet's effect on communications professions, such as public relations, advertising, journalism, and graphic design.