Time and time again, I’ve become a ghost, if just only for a little while. I’ve broken another cell phone and this time I don’t feel like I’m so alone in this world. Usually I’d panic in this situation and feel so distraught because instead of having so many apps to go on, I’m once again left with only my thoughts. And my computer. I know, I know. First-world-problem, right? Every time this happens it’s always at the worst time too—like right after I paid the phone bill for the month and spent all my money. Ah well, I’ve got another ten days or so until I can play with a little ol’ phone again.
The more that this happens to me, I feel a little bit less about it. It used to be so detrimental to lose the ability to communicate with other people, but now its become more of a manageable nuisance rather than the end of the world. It must just be the times that we live in, because it sounds pretty melodramatic just typing down the words the end of the world.
Nevertheless, the advancement of technology, especially in communications—has changed us as human beings. It’s apparent we are no longer what we were when humans were “cavemen.” Technology has completely changed how we meet and interact with each other, and so has changed how we teach each other too. For only less than a century now, our species has been acting entirely differently than we did for thousands of years.
How was it then, over a century ago, before the invention of telephones and computers? When people were only able to communicate with each other using their spoken or written words. How did it all end up happening? How did we communicate such vast amounts of information to coordinate civilization without any electricity? Modern conveniences have replaced work with what? More work? Of course they still managed to deliver their letters across far distances, but the sheer amount of time it would’ve taken to get a response back would’ve been something quite unimaginable now.
I’m going to side track a little. With speculation aside, the conundrum lies deep within the belly of this aforementioned technological convenience. With all the new conveniences and all the new connections, what is left for people to do with themselves? Are we to advance even more? How much more lazy can we become? How much more convenience do we really need? Technological convenience isn’t the problem. The distribution of the means to mobilize that convenience is what is imperative.
Maybe we do need to tone it down a little bit and go back to a more traditionalist means of communication. You know, on more of a community basis. Be it a rural or urban area—a county, hamlet, or neighborhood—there needs to be more communication which is done face to face. Humans really do seem to have lost this ability sometimes, not completely but really, what good is it to talk to someone in the Philippines or wherever when there’s obviously somebody in your building, neighborhood, city or town which has the exact same thing to offer.
Globalization has granted humans two beautiful conveniences:
- We’re able to communicate instantly with anyone around the world with a little hand-held device which has a touch screen. We virtually live everywhere on earth. With the internet and technology, anything is in our reach over the web. Just two decades ago, no one even heard of a touch screen on a phone and hardly anyone even had cell phone. Back then, the internet was not on phones at all—it took at least 3 minutes for it to connect over a phone line.
- Globalization also gave way to a new mass wave of immigration. One which is unlike any other migration by our species, ever. We live in very unique times because of this. More people from non-western countries have started to move around a lot. Most of them settling in western countries. From here in Canada, and I’m sure anywhere in the west, this means that in the last twenty years—so many people from so many different places have come here to live. So, even without our advanced phones and technologies—we have the world within our own communities.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I do like to be a ghost sometimes.