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The Communications Revolution
First broadcast August 2006

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The way we communicate with one another is currently going through a dramatic change.

Communication is becoming quicker, easier and cheaper and it is changing the shape of families and societies right across the globe.

In this four part series, Mike Williams looks at the way communication and the associated technology is changing our lives, the way we do business and the way we learn.

Part One - The global effects of communication

Mike Williams examines how communication is transforming business and leisure, the structure of family and society.

Even in the most remote places on Earth communication technology is accessible. It seems that a real revolution is taking place.

The first part of this series takes a brief glance at the history of communication technology, explores the spread of the mobile phone and even draws parallels with a certain cult TV show!

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