Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

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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