The Speed and Scale of Information Networks has Revolutionised Communication

The way the world in which we live has become so dependent on the centralised hub and information networks we use today is quite fascinating. With the homogenization of space and time, we can now predict the weather in real time, receive news stories instantly and feed our pets when we’re not home at the touch of a button. This is the idea of the material world becoming more, and more so, intangible.

These new technologies change the ways of how we receive and communicate information, as well as how we think about the parameters of reality. This then allows for “A new kind of space beyond material borders free flow of information ‘thought, nothing but thought’ (Marshal McLuhan)” as said by my lecturer Ted Mitew. Simply put, it is the idea of material borders of communication, being broken down so no barriers between them exist. Therefore, this catalyses the idea of scale and speed in relation to the movement of information.

As the world becomes more so intangible, in relation to communication, we become more so dependent on the speed in which we gain information and to the scale of which we receive the information. This is the basis for which we see the scale of an information hub, relating to the control which it has, and the speed of this control, relating to the coordination of how effectively the hub works. Therefore, the speed of coordination emphasises the effectiveness of control. Mindboggling.


This very idea of control and coordination in real time was brought about by Norbert Wiener and the science of Cybernetics being used to tell a story about how to steer something, how to control something (The Human Use of Human Beings 1950).

This is the new paradigm which the people of the 1950s found themselves in, being the paradigm of Global Coordination and control. This is how we have begun to adhere to one node, as a network of nodes (people) of whom all latch onto one centralised hub. This then being the star-network topography. The science of control and coordination has led us here.

~ krisesandchrosses ~