Focus: The Digital Revolution
Mural depicting a man in shackles and the Facebook logo and a mobile phone. The mural is commemorating the 2011 revolution in Egypt, in which social media played a large role. (Copyright: NTB Scanpix)
Who would have thought that two digits – 0 and 1 – could make such a difference?
These two numbers in endless, mind-boggling combinations make up the codes that make up the programs that run the devices that have filled the world with wonders. The first decade of the 21st century witnessed a digital revolution.
Over that ten-year period digital communication stitched together what had been quite separate devices and activities into a seamless set of interconnections with amazing consequences for us all.
Read more in Access to International English, pp. 48-55. Then do the tasks in the textbook and on this website.
Internet World Statistics
Social media (Wikipedia)
Twitter in plain English (YouTube)