Thursday, November 5

A glorious new world

When I grew up, living out at the countryside, we had two television channels and the second one didn’t even come until 1988. We could listen to one of the four state owned radio stations and sometimes on particular clear days the local station from the nearest big town 20 something kilometers away. There was no Internet available. Cell phones were still so big and expensive that no one I knew had one.

As I sat on the bus on my way to work today, listening to my favorite US radio station I came to realize what a revolution we’ve been through these past 20 years. The fact alone that I’m able to sit in a moving bus and navigate my way around all kinds of international radio stations and still have better quality then the old state stations says a lot about just how far we’ve come.

And on that note I might as well confess it right now – I’m totally addicted to my Iphone. I listen to music, play games, write notes and tape random ideas for later use. I take photos and send my husband photos of the dog while he’s at work. I twitter, facebook and keep up with the latest events at my favorite websites. I call friends and stay in touch via mail and text messages. I even wrote this blog post during breaks at work!

When I grew up I never imagined myself doing any of these things but for the younger generations they’ll never know a world without it. I once read an interview with some guy that argued that in reality all technology was at a standstill. We were only finding new ways to use existing technology. This might be true but what a glorious new world these new ways have created.

It doesn’t take something new to create a revolution, just a different way of looking at something old.

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