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Digital culture : Impact on Bangladesh

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Digital culture refers to culture shaped by the emergence and use of digital technologies. Digitalization has become a particularly pervasive influence on culture due to the emergence of the internet as a mass form of communication, and the widespread use of personal computers and other devices such as smartphones, tablets etc.

The massive globalization process is boosting the development of information and communication technologies in our world. The traditional culture of Bangladesh is being replaced by the digital culture and mostly due to the influence of information and communication technologies. Internet, satellite communication throughout the world are playing the significant role here. The traditional culture like the celebration of Pahela Baishakh, Halkhata, Eid, Puja and other customs of the family life as well as kinship ties also has been reshaped due to the influence of virtual communication and digital technology. Now we are living in the era where the personal presence became lesser significant than that of virtual presence. Apart from its negative impact, in almost every sector like agricultural, business, governance systems are running mostly through electronic systems like e-commerce, e-governance, e-shopping, ride sharing etc. Digitalization saves time and money and promote better and quicker services, better customer experience, thus speeds up the development of the country but at the same time it has different types of complexities too.

Information Technologies have spawned profound changes in human society. These are quite diverse from social transformations caused by earlier scientific developments. With the invention of the telegraph in the early 19th century, the modern Information & Communication Technology (ICT) has been inaugurated and from then the new sectors of information and communication technology are flourishing day by day. Now in the 21st Century, we witness a dramatic new wave of ICT, leading to massive socioeconomic, cultural changes.

AI will bring great disruption to our economy. Some believe AI and robotics present more opportunities than problems ahead. Robots and AI are expected to take over remedial tasks, freeing workers to focus on more interesting value-added activities. Due to the development of information and communication technology now everything is becoming digitalized even digital itself. Now technology influence each and every moment of our life including the way we interact and maintain our relations with others.

The term digital culture is a new phenomenon and basically it emerged after the development of information and communication technology. Digital culture analytically investigates the role of internet, new media and digital technologies and the roles they play in contemporary society, media, culture, business, politics, the arts and everyday life of the people.

Bangladesh, a country of 3rd world, is not out of the influence of this digital culture. Now day by day technology is including in every sector and thus paved the way of our life. The culture of Bangladesh is becoming digital and of course not in a full-fledged but it’s a continuous process. People in Bangladesh are becoming more techno-depended. Statistics can delineate a picture of Internet-based digital communication in Bangladesh. According to World Bank, 18.25 percent of total Bangladesh population used Internet in 2016 where it was only 1 percent in 2006. Within a decade, Bangladesh has experienced a radical inclination of Internet users. It is an obvious consequence of economic development and technological expansion along with the making of an individualistic society. Digital communication is encompassing individuals’ everyday lives and filling the communication gaps between alienated individuals. The digitalization of the culture of Bangladesh has both merits and demerits and a lot of stages have to pass to get the full interest of this digitalization.

 

Md Mehedi HASAN Bhuiyan

GM, Robi Axiata Ltd.