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It is important to mention that technology has changed not only how we lived today but also how many generations before us lived Communications and information technology has in fact had an impact of the way we live as far back as the nineteenth century A number of writers have pointed out for example that the world has been linked by steamship lines since the mid nineteenth century by telegraph wires since the late nineteenth century and by worldwide telephone links since the 1920s and 1930s At the beginning of the nineteenth century the only form of international communication was through the hand written letter delivered by postal services that relied entirely on horses and ponies on land and sailing ships on water It took about 5 months to send a letter from England to India By the end of that century the electric telegraph was already linking many parts of the world by messages sent at the speed of light Some historians would even claim that the nineteenth century saw more quickening of international communications and more socially revolutionary implications than anything that has happened in the twentieth or twenty first century As for newer technology the internet is the newest and fastest growing of the global information technologies The internet is vital for globalisation because it is the medium in which the interface between telecommunications as a technology and as a business in itself is developing most rapidly Other new technologies include the global distribution of satallite and cable TV This is important in the context of globalisation as it is often the medium that is accused of being at the heart of modern cultural imperialism Rupert Murdochs News Corporation in particular which dominates the production and marketing of pay TV is often condemned for beaming the same western sitcoms movies gameshows and sports events all over the globe The new information technologies and their combinations make it possible to move
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