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10IPT: Communication Trends

posted May 17, 2011, 5:13 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated May 17, 2011, 5:40 PM ]
Within the topic of communications systems, we have mostly focused on issues that are toward the ethical end of the spectrum. However, this is an appropriate time to have a look at some social issues that are raised by technology which do not necessarily have a significant ethical component. In other words, communications systems have a massive impact on people and their lifestyles, even if they do not directly touch matters of right and wrong.

Today, I would like you to compose a 750 word report that:
  1. Identifies a current or emerging trend in communications technologies,
  2. Describes examples of this trend, and
  3. Discusses the impact of this trend on people individually and corporately.
I will give you five minutes to do some broad investigation and select a trend. Once you've selected it, then come and tell me. Your trend must be unique - so that means it must be quite specific. If someone has already picked the trend you want, you'll need to go and select another one.

Then, you have the rest of today's double period to compose your report. Here are some examples of trends that are related to communications systems:
Once you complete your report, email it to me: