The paper "Impact of Modern Technology in Australia: Case Study of the Aboriginal Culture" is a wonderful example of an annotated bibliography on anthropology. It is imperative to note that the advent of modern technology has posed extensive impacts on cultures in diverse regions of the world, mostly the indigenous culture. This is in relation to the way the people in these specific cultures communicate, share symbolic interactions, uphold their shared values and norms as well as transmit the tenets of their culture from one generation to the other. This project is about the critical analysis of how modern technology has impacted on the cultural set-up of the Australian population.
This modern technology can be perceived to be characterized by the advent of the internet, mobile phones, computers as well as social media among other aspects. Towards this end, it will specifically focus on the impact of contemporary technology on the culture of the Aboriginal population in Australia. This is a special category of the modern Australian population. In a generic sense, the Aboriginal population can be perceived as the people who trace their ancestral roots to the ancestors in the Australian continent (mainland Australia or the Island of Tasmania) prior to the colonization of the continent by the British which instigated in 1788.
Thus, this project will be specified in the sense that it will focus on a particular or specific societal culture. This project is firmly grounded in the course of Anthropology of Life, Death, and Culture. This is founded on the fact that the project focuses on how modern technology has impacted on the cultural practices and perceptions of a particular society (Aboriginal Australians).
In this regard, it will critically examine how modern technology has affected the ways in which the members of the Aboriginal population communicate, share experiences, promote their culture in the international platforms as well as perceive modern tenets like medicines which have been advanced by the increased popularity of technology in the contemporary world. In addition, it is relevant in this course based on the fact that technological advancements which have seen elevated access to information have helped in altering the perceptions in different indigenous cultures in aspects like life and death. This is best epitomized whereby advances in technology have seen increased dissemination of medical information.
As a result, most members of the indigenous cultures have had a paradigm shift of perceptions in relation to how they view certain diseases that cause death among members of their population. Subsequently, the heightened dissemination of this medicine based information has tended to minimize the level of superstition about the causes of certain deaths and on the other hand, has tended to impact prolonged life spans different indigenous cultures.
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