Times: They are a Changing!
I’m positive people don’t comprehend the real impact the Internet has had on us these past 5-years. The way we communicate had been drastically accelerated, even to the point of not having to search for it. Let me explain in more detail; the other day I was getting home from work and my iPhone stated blowing up. Usually that would indicate someone desperately trying to get a hold of me; most likely my wife with a, “Get to the store, we just ran out of diapers!” phone call. This instance was different, the person on the other line wasn’t a person at all. I had the Salt Lake Tribune notifying me that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by US Special Forces. The pinging didn’t stop there, I had Facebook and Twitter notifications and a handful of texts from friends.
Remarkably this was one of the first times I can recall that the news found me, I didn’t have to go looking for it! (I did have a similar experience when Michael Jackson passed, RIP.) But I definitely didn’t get hit from so many different media outlets. We are entering a new age, a super connected period of time and undoubtedly things are changing at a rapid rate. With all the talk of economies crashing and governments failing I see hope. Do you remember the last time your went to the library? Me neither, why is that? Because information is all around us, information to help us solve these critical issues. New systems of accountability and regulation, you can’t misbehave without someone Tweeting the real story!
I’m more aware of issues surrounding me, people that need help and organizations that are impacting for the greater good. We’ve been given this great gift and we must use it to help others. Creating a more globalized world provides the chance to leverage human kindness. We can now see the struggles of individuals thousands of miles away from us but is the decision made to take action? I’m striving everyday to be more proactive and to take this “instant” knowledge and make a difference. It’s time to ask ourselves the question, “With such great knowledge, what is my responsibility?”