Image credit: The Don Freeman FaceBook post
I don’t really care who I offend by agreeing with the message in this image. It is a sad thing to agree with but it is generally true, and it is not limited to the new generation who depend on the internet to give them some sort of, any kind of, self-definition, reason for being, or status.
The internet, along with its spawned brat – social media, will prove to be very temporary phenomena. Temporary, because they are dependent on a viable resource-based consumer economy for their existence, and we soon will not have one of those on which to base anything else either. These technological wonders, or toys, have only a short time left to continue to provide entertainment and mental benumbing for the masses. When that time comes, a great percentage of the population will die of boredom, if nothing else, having no idea how to usefully occupy themselves without these social props at the centre of their being. I call this time before the end of the techno-age, The Great Dumbing Time.
I am of course myself a user of both the internet and social media, but I hope I am using them wisely and to some useful purpose. Not simply to appear ‘cool’ or to validate my existence and status, because those things need no validation or approval. But I use them knowing full well that these tools, along with all other techno-wonders of our current time, will be short lived features of this age of astonishingly short lived gadgetry.
Nor will they be replaced by something else, some new whiz-bang marvellous technology. Except perhaps by semaphore flags, sun on mirror morse-code messages and extremely long delivery-time snail-mail (hand-written). Oh, forget the snail mail. No-one will remember how to write in a generation’s time.