For my research project, I am going to observe effects of the world’s advancement to the technological route of communication. A main reason for picking this topic is its relationship to our English class—communication. My paper will give a brief history of communication methods, and then will cover issues related to the new methods, like Blackberries. These issues include the lack of personal connection in online conversation, the world’s reliance on the technologies compared to before, the positive effects of convenient communications, and problems due to the limitations of new technologies. The history will cover the development of tools used to communicate, starting with word of mouth all the way up to the handheld computer. Drawing from the origin of data transfer, the mouth and vocal cords, this report will be based off of the idea that technologies and intelligence have shaped the world into a tech-reliant, connected society.* This reshaping has resulted in expedited news transmission/reception, expanded markets, and most of all, connected people. The research used in this report will mainly consist of academic productions covering the development of said technologies and an interview of an avid computer tech, which will be used to present the issues that come up daily from the use of technology, such as failures, conveniences, and advancements. I will use the academic sources to cover the history and changes up to now of communication tools. I, being completely reliant on a computer/cell phone/MP3 player, will show a bias, but will try to evaluate the communications of the world with the most unbiased approach I can.
*Yeah, so if someone is in a deep valley in the mountains of Tennessee or the deserts of Africa, and he/she is the only person for miles, then they are kinda out of the circle when comes the use of such wonderful technology as high speed internet, Blackberries, and television, unless a satellite signal is available. With a satellite signal and plenty of electricity, anyone can connect anywhere.
What I want to know is do you all, as fellow report writers, feel that my topic is specific?