“Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you”. This was the first bi-directional telephone call made by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant way back in 1876. In the 130 years since that event our ways of communicating have changed and increased. While the avenues of communication would differ from region to region and facilities available therein, as well as the economic condition of the user (the vast majority of Africa and Asia do not have access to even a basic telephone), in the developed societies at least, technology has removed all barriers in communication.
While the telephone has maintained its primacy as the choice device of communicating ever since it became mainstream, the telephone has changed. Accessibility has increased through cable laying and installation of satellite networks. Cellular phone technology has further made the telephone a mobile multi-functional device. While conventional landline or the mobile phone is subject to network availability, satellite phone removes this final handicap by enabling connection from anywhere.
As with other areas, the interface with computers, computer networks and communication devices too have become stronger. Today, the computer itself has become the focal point of communication. Whether it is email, which has given a completely new direction to the moribund habit of letter writing, text, voice or video chat, web-conference, or the big daddy of all communication media – the internet itself - the computer has enhanced and enlarged the scope of communication. With networks of various sizes spreading across offices, the computer network itself is becoming the medium for transfer of voice, video or data communication. One good development of this technological march is that communicating is becoming cheaper, allowing the poor and the wealthy alike to communicate.
While the digital divide is an actuality is most places, so is the communication divide. However, consumer electronic devices by allowing seamless communication, is making the world a more connected place, helping remove misconceptions and misperceptions, and bringing a better understanding of the world. This section of 01webdirectory.com helps you in making your communication choices.