Benefits of Videoconferencing
For centuries people have been enslaved in their work and careers. Since the industrial revolution, with the creation of the assembly line and the mass production of products, business owners have enslaved common men and women. Marx and Engels looked at this situation in The Communist Manifesto, the proletariats laboring under cruel and backbreaking conditions for minimal pay. Their relationships with their families become destitute and the exploitation of children occurred in order to bring in money for the family.
The enslavement still continues 150 years later with individuals today striving for more material wealth. This effort causes the sacrificing of other important aspects of their life, family cohesiveness and marriages. Divorce rates are at nearly 50% for American marriages, which leaves many children being raised by single parents. This perpetuates the cycle of enslavement by forcing parents to work longer hours in order to support their children. Parallels can be made between American families in the 21st century and the proletariats of the 19th century.
Yet, there appears to be hope on the horizon for workers. The hope takes the form of modern technology,
more specifically videoconferencing systems. This technological advancement has been made available to the general public in the past five years. Videoconferencing is the technology that allows two or more people at different locations to see and hear each other. Videoconferencing systems require audio-visual equipment such as monitors, cameras, microphones and speakers and also, a means of transmitting information between the two points, including Internet and telephone connections. This technology works by sending high-resolution images captured by a video camera through a telephone or Internet connection to another videoconferencing system. The images are displayed on monitors or a projection screen and can be viewed by each party involved in the conferencing.(Reese 5)
Advertisement campaigns for videoconferencing seem to be aimed at two general themes: bringing people face-to-face that are miles apart, in order for your business to be operated more efficiently and that videoconferencing cuts travel expenses and travel time for the employer. For example, Sharp's ad campaign states:
"Videoconferencing has made it possible to evaluate and react to information faster—so now you can operate your business better, faster and more responsively. Sharp's is proud to offer the latest in affordable, "plug-and-play" corporate videoconferencing equipment and services. Using Polycom's latest technology, Sharp's lets you meet face-to-face with clients and business partners while avoiding the expense and worries of traveling around the globe." ("Sharp ad" 1)
Telechoice focuses on face-to-face meetings between businesses and clients and between different branches of a business. Their advertising...