Convergence Towards a Global Culture?
In the same way letterpress stimulated the (nearly) worldwide distribution of ideas, the Internet supports and even demands the faster distribution of knowledge over a wide variety of subject areas in an inexpensive and comfortable manner. Moreover, some information systems accumulate knowledge about persons and specific issues. The Internet can be a catalyst for convergence, conversely it could be responsilble for increased conflicts as well. Cultural convergence is not (only) determined by the Internet and WWW as a communication vehicle, but primarily by broader settings. Most impacts of digitization processes referring to the future cannot be exactly specified now. This chapter describes three potential broadly defined scenaries (inequality, collapse, balance) in the context of digitalization in connection with the organization of the economic, eduation and religious culture.