We are all aware of the fast pace at which technology moves. During ones lifetime we can name several technological changes at different points in our lives. At least every five years, if not closer, there are very notable changes in technology which help us to keep our personal time lines in order. Technology is probably the third most referenced subject when trying to recall a time or an event; right after music and movies. How many times have you said, “The time that I did…. was when…. (technological reference)”, associating memories in your life with the technology of that same time? Many of us do. Just as it is easy to recall a song or movie you so enjoyed, it is just as easy to recall a change in technology.
Technology enables and actually even promotes changes in every aspect of our lives. Through the years technology has changed what and how we eat by way of the microwave, how and where we work by way of the internet, how we educate our children, how we appreciate music, how we are entertained, how much free time we have, and even how we keep in touch with friends and family. (You gotta love those social arenas like facebook!) Sometimes these changes can be quite difficult and even expensive to keep up with for those who even try. Either way, these changes have definitely been noticeable.
However, are we just as aware of the changes in politics throughout the years? Though the political game may not change as quickly as the pace of change in the technological game; there are definitely some notable changes in each one’s lifetime as far as the political area as well. Have you noticed any changes in the way politics are handled during your time? Changes in campaigning, fund raising and so forth? You don’t really have to look hard to find them. If you concern yourself with political history at all, I’m sure you could list a few.
Though many people notice the quick advance of technology throughout the years, many may not notice how technological advances have tied into changes in the way politics have been run. Much like every other area in life, technology has enabled or even promoted advances in politics too. The most noticeable changes occurred during our most recent Presidential campaign no doubt, Obama vs. McCain. Can you name some of the dramatic advances in campaigning during this time? There were many to choose from. The 2008 campaign year absolutely stepped up the political game and no doubt changed the way politics will be run forever. Still, I’m sure there will be more advances yet to come as technology continues to develop.
For a great article with more information on the tie of technology and politics, please read “Technology and It’s Political Impact”. This article is very interesting, informative, and enlightening.