Intercultural Computer-Mediated Communication, by Néstor G. Trillo
Use of Technology
Culture influences the artifacts that we create, whether they are bridges, or interfaces. As important as culture is in the technology that we create, it may prove even more significant in human-human interaction that is mediated by such technology. As emerging technology interconnects our globe in increasingly complex layers, the world seems to grow smaller. Yet, it is with this increased interconnectivity that our perception of the world as we presently know it grows and expands. Our social network begins to encompass individuals that we have never physically met before, and possibly never will. With every new link, we become subtly more interconnected with distant individuals, and distant events. It is these new relationships with distant individuals that may challenge us to expand our horizons beyond what we now know. As our social web grows via Information Technology, so does the possibility for intercultural interactions online.
To the degree that Information Technology becomes increasingly multimodal, these online interactions will also become increasingly interpersonal.