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The role of online communication on social development in Maseru (Lesotho)

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dc.contributor.advisor Rugbeer, H.
dc.contributor.author Lerotholi, Lelingoana Benedict
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-21T11:10:23Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-21T11:10:23Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1343
dc.description A thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters in Communication Science at the University of Zululand, South Africa, 2012. en_US
dc.description.abstract Majority of developing societies are usually succumbing to numerous socio-economic challenges. Communities in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, are not excluded from this trend. Online collaborations are consequently at the heart of addressing these challenges. This study examines the probability of encouraging and engaging online communication for social and economic development in Maseru. The promises of online communication for transforming society and advancing the new economy have rested on the arguments that online communication could expand and widen access to electronic commerce, enhance the quality of distance education, improve the general quality and standard of living , and eventually improve the economy of Maseru. Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) are very powerful tools for diffusing knowledge and information to society which is a fundamental aspect of the development process. The presence of new communication technologies has a greater influence on human lives than we ever thought. It is imperative that every community in Lesotho examines ways and means of adopting their information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure as soon as possible or face the possibility of social and economic stagnation and isolation. The Internet has ushered in innovative ways of socialising and conducting business. Although it has, through the process of globalization, created a wide space to engage in business and eradicate poverty, many societies are still isolated. There are many reasons for this which could range from voluntary isolation, inadequate infrastructure, ignorance or sheer laziness. The study was conducted within the paradigm of both qualitative and quantitative methods. Stratified and simple random sampling techniques were used and this allowed the researcher to divide the population of Maseru into various Strata. This research explored why Maseru is slow to adopt ICTs to enhance their economic and social development. Revelations from the study will benefit this community and will also assist in making recommendations for overcoming economic and social decline. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject Online collaborations -- problems en_US
dc.subject Online communication en_US
dc.subject Electronic commerce en_US
dc.subject Information Communication Technologies tools en_US
dc.subject Social development en_US
dc.title The role of online communication on social development in Maseru (Lesotho) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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