The progression of the way in which we communicate is directly linked to the speed in which we receive information. As we have evolved our technology from the telegraph to the internet the sheer volume of information we receive in a day, in an hour, in a minute is hard to fathom and even more difficult to justify.
“Too fast for the truth”. A New York Times Journalist in 1958 wrote this in a complaint about the way in which the world was beginning to connect and discovering the knowledge of far away places that they previously didn’t have. In hindsight, and with the rapid speed of today’s information, it’s hard to understand his view, but he speaks some truth. This article made me reflect on the way we take in and process all the information we receive through social media, television and how this impacts us. In such a fast world there is very little time to reflect on an article you just read, or a documentary you just watched. We tend to just move on to the next thing without really thinking about it.
Our global networks have broadened, we are more informed about the world and cultures, we are able to come together in times of need. This networking of the world has widened our views immensely and for the better. In saying this, reflection and critically thinking about the information we receive can help us slow down and for the times when reflection just isn’t possible, there is always a funny meme just a scroll away.
Meme: Made on Imgur by me