Thought for the month

“Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction the sign of truth.” Blaise Pascal, French mathematician and physicist (1623 – 62).

Thursday, 4 April 2013

What Happens in an Internet Minute?

On the grand scale of life, the universe and everything a minute is only a moment in time but as Intel have pointed out due to the wonders of the internet and associated technologies a great deal can happen in that one fleeting minute. In 60 seconds more than 204 million emails are sent and over 1.3 million video clips are watched on YouTube. The figures will increase as currently the number of networked devices only equals the world’s population; by 2015 it is projected to be double the world’s population.

The speed and volume of communications is quantifiable and measurable. Style, on the other hand, is more qualitative. Perhaps totally anachronistic but I have to admire the Vatican’s use of coloured smoke as a communication mechanism on Papal matters. Twitter by smoke signals would be exciting but is probably a too retrograde ambition. But as the poet said: What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.

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