The global computer networks that we have at our finger tips in the third decade of the 21st century have been attributed with creating a “global village,” and that seems a appropriate metaphor as many have had the experience of communicating with individual at the next seat or thousands of miles away using ICT. The “annihilation of time and space” as a factor in technology-based human communication occurred long before computers were invented, and the effects of information technologies on human cognition has been long-recognized. James Gleick noted this effect as well in his history of information; he quoted a newspaper editor who observed the telegraph “has originated in the mind an entirely new class of ideas, a new species of consciousness” (p. 149).
Gleick, J. (2011). The information: A history, a theory, a flood. Vintage Books.