Tom Barker

The Disconnected Society

We live, we are told, in an increasingly connected world.  The communications revolution, which began in earnest some twenty-five years ago, has brought us closer together, ‘shrunk’ our planet, and facilitated revolutions of an economic and political kind.  Financial transactions take place at lightning fast speed, scenes from distant warzones are beamed daily into our living rooms, while friends and family are never further away than the reach to our mobile phones.  The wireless signal and the fibre-optic cable are the railroads and highways of the twenty-first century. (Read more)