BETWEEN GLOBALISATION AND REGIONALISM: ENHANCEMENTS AND EXCLUSIONS IN THE TELEINFORMATIC PERSPECTIVE
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This essay discusses factors of the cultural change resulting from the use of teleinformatic tools. Despite the asymmetric development of new technologies, the number of the Internet users is increasing dynamically. The international society attempts to include all actors in the global circulation. However, differences between highly developed and underinvested regions are so great that it is impossible to equalise them in the short term. The paper distinguishes some areas associated with inequalities and barriers for the use of new technologies. The first issue is creation and development of infrastructure with special emphasis on electricity transmission systems. The foundation of transmission systems is one of the basic conditions for the development of other areas of life. If it is not possible to provide constant accesses to electric energy, teleinformatic tools will not be of use. The second condition is the support of know-how which means creation of the social capital and resources which help to implement this knowledge on the local level. The third issue is that it is necessary to have a support of the economic capital: direct (in the form of specific devices) and indirect (in the form of scholarship and grant systems). However, a condition for the indirect form of support is that skills acquired through scholarships will be used on the regional and local level. It seems that one of the most important issues is the change in the way of thinking and use of tools. If individuals on the regional level do not understand benefits resulting from teleinformatisation, all other actions will be ineffective. Finally, it is useful to refer again to the concept of the constructive globalisation. Appropriate use of teleinformatic tools may become a factor of the constructive globalisation on the local and regional level. Benefits of the implementation of modern technologies will become apparent in the long term.
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