Information/Human Age: Bringing Family and Friends Closer Together.
by Jesse S. Somer
Have you ever feltlike the distances from your loved ones and cherished connections are just toobig? You then stop communicating as much, and soon your relationships are nolonger what they used to be. In this day and age it needn’t turn out thisway. The Internet is a medium that can be used for love and friendship as wellas business and information. It’s not expensive to set up email andwebsites which gives one the means to write letters that are receivedinstantly, send photographs digitally, and now with web cams you can even seethe person live in front of you when having a conversation with voicecommunication.
Overseas mail can taketwo weeks to get to your Mother in the homeland and then another two weeks fora reply that may not get written right away. This means months for a simpleconversation to take place. The telephone is useful, but it is often verypricey when compared to email and even a website. With a website you can putwhole ‘albums’ of pictures on the Internet that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. This means Gramps can watch the children grow week by week andhave visual confirmation of all the main events in their lives.
Email is like passingnotes back and forth in class, except your classroom covers our whole world. Information, cool web sites, and other tidbitscan be sent as attachments, making photocopying obsolete,which saves paper, money and the time it used to take to copy text,which is now done with a button.
All this may sound alittle technical but let me assure you if I can do it, anyone can. Theydon’t create this technology for superior, genius, elite humans, (Do theyeven exist?) but rather for the average person. It’s all structured verysimply so it can become a mainstream part of our social system just as the mailservice and telephone services have become in our present culture.
Specialists say theInformation Age is bringing our world closer together as people share knowledgeand wisdom universally like never before. But, don’t believe that this isthe only positive attribute of this new era. Love and friendship are now mucheasier to sustain and obtain as communication links become stronger, faster,and more elaborate in their depth of connection.
As well as staying intouch with people you already know, the ability to meet new friends of likemind is increasing dramatically. Through web logs, chat rooms, web sites, andon-line clubs, the feeling of being alone in life can change easily as each ofus can meet people from all over the globe from the sanctity of a bedroom.
My proposal is that weturn this technical, and somewhat inhuman soundingInformation Age into what it truly is-an age of universal friendship and lovebrought about by advanced human thinking. As the Earth shrinks in sizemetaphorically as humans connect and communicate more than ever in history, letit be known that we’ve finally reached the Age of Human. This is a timefor awareness, wisdom, compassion, and love, as our evolving consciousness hasbrought about a new medium of interaction. Let’s let the machines workfor us, yet realize they are but a tool to bring our world further in humanevolution.
By Jesse S. Somer
Jesse S. Somer is a human analyst of the technological world hopingto help people come together through the futuristic medium of the Internet.
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