The incredible shrinking world…

When I was growing up, the world was a big place. Making a phone call from one side to the other was very expensive. News from the other side of the world was available every twelve hours at most (morning paper, morning and evening news). Of course those were the days before I traveled to four continents and cordless phones where the height of communication technology.
Today we carry the world in our pockets with us. We don’t travel the world to see it, we bring it with us in our daily lives. Web enabled cell phones have reduced the equipment needed to explore the world from a jumbo jet to something the size of a deck of cards. 3G and broadband bring it to us lightning fast. We are more connected to each other now than I think we’ve ever been.
Twitter has allowed us to view the unrest in Tehran with up to the minute accounts of the very people who are living it. Not government approved propaganda, not network hyped coverage, but real living souls calling out to the world. Also interesting was watching the evolution of both the government’s attempts to shut the bloggers down and the blogging community adapting and getting through. There were people outside Iran opening up ports to help those in it.
I have friends all over the world, yet I can catch up with them as easily as if they were next door. Whenever I want, I can check my friend-in-Japan’s Facebook and see what they’re up to. Do I talk with my friends more? Well, no, but I don’t feel so out of touch or guilty for not doing so. It seems to me that our cell phones have so completely transcended their original purpose, that calling them phones is a misnomer.
Where do we go from here? I don’t know. I can’t imagine how much more we can be plugged into the world. At this point it’s a matter of preference. I can have alerts for anything sent directly to my phone, and be up to the minute. Short of having my phone beam me directly to the scene, I’m out of ideas. If the world gets any smaller, I’m going to start feeling claustrophobic.


About faultcode113

I'm just a normal thirty something guy. Married with a house, tow cars, and one dog. I enjoy my work, but not always my job. I love to travel abroad, specifically the UK. I swear I was the tallest guy in Tokyo when I was there. I prefer reading to movies and tv. I prefer Sci-fi to most everything else. I feel it fits better as an escapist past time. I'm also a student of history. How can one learn from the past if they don't know anything about it? If this all seems rather random, it is. My life has been a series of free associations. I wouldn't have it any other way. If you like what I post, tell a friend. If you don't, tell a friend anyways. They might like it. FC113 View all posts by faultcode113

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