Space is the barrier to connections from far away. Long distance charges may still apply, but with more technological advancement, communication from one end of the globe is as or more common as talking over the backyard fence with your neighbor. ‘Far Away’ only matters in meteorological (it’s warm in Australia in December) and the Flesh (there’s no substitute for a real body warmth).
Myths memorized by shamans and repeated around campfires to wireless access anytime from anywhere resulting in the commonality of human communication. Conversely, the homogeneity of message has broken down, consume media from one political web site and another and you can experience near instant cognitive dissonance, one web sites truth is another sites lie.
Expansion of Device, Channels and User Behavior.
From old to new, our media choices are:
Newspapers, magazines, billboards, mailings, bumper stickers. Cell Phones, Telephones, Telephone answering systems, ATM’s, Online Banks, Digital Cameras, Video Cameras, Radios, Stereos, CD Players, Turntables, cassette decks, Gameboys, portable music players, portable TV’s, big screens in the home, DVDs in the car, GPS systems, Thumb Drives, DVD and CdR’s, Walkie talkies, Computer screens in fixed or mobile locations spilling out true multimedia experiences and don’t forget CB and HAM radios!
So with the variety of channels, our one single fleshy brain now has the old and new ways to consume and create content. In this time of Twittering and text messaging how quant is the handwritten letter? How outdated and musty is a photo album? How antique is a rotary phone?
Machines we use daily are a part of our body from first use. Natural, right, satisfying. The machines help us, or they can hurt us, sometimes very slowly and subtly. Or they can make us numb. Too many channels, too much data to ‘responsibly’ consume. Finding the one digital item that you know exists in the haystack of data on your computer or somewhere out there on the web could be a quick task, or could take hours.
Search through a heavy stack of 33 1/3 long playing records looking for the one song, place the vinyl on a turntable, clean the vinyl, drop the needle and enjoy…a five minute task that is swept away by the flick/click of an mp3 player with thousands of songs and videos ”at your fingertips!”