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Globalisation of Technologies and the Exclusion of Everyday Life

Lili Hernandez.

Globalisation is not a new phenomenon. It has occurred in succeeding waves approximately since 1870. Researchers agree that the most recent phase of globalisation -starting around 1980 and continuing until today- has been characterised by a technological revolution, namely the era of the Internet and global media (Estefania, 2002; Stratton, 1997). However, in the age of information technologies, access is increasingly determined by the ability to pay. People can effectively be part of the international communication wave only insofar as they can afford the technologies required. Cable TV, pay per view movies, and broadband connections, among others, are only a few examples. Economic constraints limit Internet access. Not everyone can afford a computer at home or the high-speed Internet connections required for many of the current applications that information technologies offer. In cases in which technology has not permeated to the level of the household, globalisation seems distant from the everyday lives of individuals. This paper explores the differences in Internet access and computer availability in different countries in North, Central and South America, discussing what this implies at a global level and questioning the extent to which the lives of many individuals are really touched by the "new" global order.

Stratton, J. 'Cyberspace and the Globalization of Culture'. In Porter, D. (ed.) 'Internet Culture'. New York and London, Routledge, 1997.

Estefanía, J. 'Hij@, ¿qué es la globalización?: La Primera Revolución del Siglo XXI', Madrid, Aguilar, 2000.


Lili Hernandez  (United Kingdom)

Postgraduate School of Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
The University of Nottingham

Lili Hernandez hails from Mexico and is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Hispanic and Latin American Studies. She completed an MA in Cultural Studies at Nottingham. Her Ph.D research explores the cultural impact of the Internet in everyday life. Her areas of interest are: new communication technologies, globalisation, and patterns of affluence, poverty and inequality.

  • Globalisation
  • Internet
  • Global Media
  • Everyday Life
  • Internet Access
  • Computer Availability

(30 min Conference Paper, English)