August E. Grant, Ph.D.*
Communication technologies are the nervous system of contemporary society, transmitting and distributing sensory and control information and interconnecting a myriad of interdependent units. These technologies are critical to commerce, essential to entertainment, and intertwined in our interpersonal relationships. Because these technologies are so vitally important, any change in communication technologies has the potential to impact virtually every area of society.
One of the hallmarks of the industrial revolution was the introduction of new communication technologies as mechanisms of control that played an important role ...