Plugging In: Computers
and Business Communication
|•||Cite seven guidelines for creating visually appealing documents.|
|•||Cite five recommendations for using a computer to help in your writing.|
|•||State the safest policy for dealing with the limitations of privacy for e-mail.|
|•||Describe basic copyright policies for material that appears online.|
In the late 1970s, the personal computer, or PC, arrived. It was followed by the Internet, which, by about 1993, produced the World Wide Web. Together, they ushered in a revolution in communication, changing fundamentally how we live, work, and interact with one another. Now, anyone with a computer and modem can quickly send a message to as many people as are interested, regardless of where they happen to be in the world. This radical change challenges assumptions about how we communicate and how we do business.
According to The Boston Globe, as of April 1999, 33 percent of households in the United States—about 100 million people—had access to die Internet, either at home or at work (Valigra, 1999). These numbers are surprisingly evenly divided between men and women (though not, unfortunately, among racial groups or income brackets). In minutes, these people can plan and book a trip, compare the tax advantages of investments and complete a transaction, or post an opinion to be read and responded to by people thousands of miles away.