The Industrial Revolution and the Digital Revolution have a lot in common. They both include the evolution of new technology. During the Industrial Revolution, new machinery and factories were made to make jobs and agriculture easier. In the Digital Revolution, new technology and media are developed to help the modern person communicate, research, and live. New developments like iPhones, laptops, and monitors are now seen in most households. In the past, the invention of steam engines helped power steamboats, trains, and factories. The spinning jenny was made to help workers spin yarn or thread into cloth, and the telegraph made communicating across long distances easier. These inventions were the grandfathers to Digital Revolution technology. Olden trains were upgraded to Skytrains and the telegraph helped spark the invention of cell phones. Steve Jobs then introduced the iPhone, a device that changed the world. More and more technology is being invented and our world is becoming digitalized. The Digital Revolution and the Industrial Revolution all changed people’s lifestyles with technology.
At first, all the new technology and factories polluted living conditions and people were not happy about it. Children were forced to do dangerous jobs and most workers worked long hours but were paid with low wages. People were replaced with machines and many lost their jobs. The public demanded education, labor rights, and political rights including the right to vote. Eventually, the government responded to the public’s complaints and instituted labor reforms and urbanized cities that were overpopulated. In the end, the Industrial Revolution ended with democracy and justice. The consequences led to better living conditions and the government became society aquatinted. People had more power with the rules and the machinery made working easier.