Why is the world changing so fast?

October 19, 2016

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 18th October 2016, written by Christopher Riches, co-author of A Dictionary of Contemporary World History.

A Dictionary of Contemporary World History


"Over the past 30 years, I have worked on many reference books, and so am no stranger to recording change. However, the pace of change seems to have become more frantic in the second decade of this century. Why might this be? One reason, of course, is that, with 24-hour news and the internet, information is transmitted at great speed.

Nearly every country has online news sites (some clearly more partial than others) which give an indication of the issues of political importance; while government websites present a more official view (for example, the North Korean government’s English-language website provides a good case of totalitarianism in action). However, increased knowledge is but a tool. Underlying the change is a number of major themes..."

Discover more: Read the rest of the article on the OUPblog.  

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