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Topic: Cyber Communication (email, IM’s, etc) (11/04/10)
- TITLE: Cyber Communications - Ubiquitous
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I don’t have one computer; I have four computers. I use one for email, writing, and programming. I use one for special projects. I use another for testing new software and new developments. I use another to explore the capabilities of Windows 7. This past summer I took one of my computers to the Department of Labor where I taught a class in Excel. I wrote the lesson notes and gave lectures from my laptop computer. This is an age where anyone can become a professor with just a little effort.
To correspond with my students I used email on yahoo. We each gained free email accounts through yahoo. Through our email accounts we sent each other notes and homework assignments. This activity where students email teachers and teachers hand out lecture notes through web sites and email occurs every day at campuses around the world. Learning through the Internet is ubiquitous.
Cyber communication is in everything we do. My sister taught English in China for awhile. We talked through Skype (an Internet application) by phone practically for free. Imagine trying to reach someone by phone on the opposite side of the world 40 years ago – and the cost. There are phone companies that use the Internet for both phone and Internet services. I use to be a subscriber to Vonnage. Vonnage is a telephone service that uses the Internet for all phone connections. The only problem with this is that when your Internet connection is down then you have no phone service. I have decided not to use Vonnage for security reasons in my house.
People are able to meet each other through cyber space. There is face book, twitter, you tube, and many other websites encouraging people to meet. There is a website called meetup.com. I can find all sorts of groups to join on meetup.com. I can find meditation groups, game groups, Bible Study groups, writer groups, yoga and the list goes on. If there was ever a time for people to get out and meet people this is it.
Our church uses cyber communication to send out prayer requests. We record the church services and give away the services for free for the shut in. This cyber communication is truly a blessing for many. Through cyber communication we can get the word out to millions of people that was never possible years before.
We communicate through sight and sound. Cyber communication duplicates sight and sound perfectly. Disadvantaged people who can’t walk can now meet people and lead interesting lives through cyberspace. Blind people can use the Internet and the computer in ways never thought possible. The horizon is limitless in what the possibilities are with cyber communications. Being disabled is not a complete disadvantage in cyber communication.
One thing that hasn’t changed with the advent of cyber communications is the nature of people. People are a mixture of good and bad. This is the human experience. Man’s characteristics have not changed. Only by focusing on the good are we able to discipline ourselves to make something of this world – such as cyber communications.
The principles taught to us in the Bible and through Jesus Christ are needed in cyber communication as in plain old fashioned communication. People need truth, honesty, respect, and integrity. Without these cornerstones firmly in place than cyber communication will fall apart and mankind will also fall apart.
Democracy hinges on the virtues of human beings. Our only link to God is through prayer. Cyber communication helps us enjoy life and helps us to lead more fulfilling lives but it is not going to give us joy and peace unless we put the principles of Christ’s message into our communication.
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