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Merging And Adaptation Of Things

2012-11-09


When we think of advancement and progressiveness there has always been one topic; one industry, in particular, that continuously comes to mind as we move forward as a people. This topic is the information and communications technology industry. Now, this is a very broad sort of field that encompasses many things from media to mobile devices; however, as we move forward the collective consensus is that we aren‚??t moving as fast as we once were, say, 50 years ago. Now this doesn‚??t mean that we haven‚??t made great strides in the last ten years. No, this is merely to say that where we once were discovering things on a grand scale, now we are making much more meticulous discoveries that involve more of a merging and adaptation of things we‚??ve already discovered and modernized. This, however, is what I would like to talk about.
Even though we have may have peaked with our current understanding of things we are always trying to re-invent; to re-discover. In the last ten years, this my would be a change I can definitely attest to, the cellular industry has exploded with newer ways of seeing things and adapting older designs to accommodate the 21st century consumer. In the last ten years we‚??ve seen the IT industry emerge onto the scene in a much more global sense of the word. This has consequently made the world a much smaller place to live in. What we‚??ve seen in the last ten years is the modernizing of global communication. What I mean by this is that where it once was a very out of the ordinary type of thing to call a friend who‚??s in Japan or Turkey, now, it‚??s become very run of the mill. It happens all the time and in doing this we‚??ve made the global community extremely large yet somehow much closer and very fast. There are three examples I‚??d like to give that I believe really illustrate how much smaller the world has gotten. These examples vary widely in subject matter but were still important enough to really illustrate what the last ten years have really done to the IT industry.
The first example deals with entertainment. In the year 2009 Michael Jackson died due to a cardiac arrest. Now, this was a very sad time for the world. He loved everywhere and a global icon. Due to his fame, information surrounding his death, from the pills he took to the doctor who gave them to him, spread like wildfire. The point, however impressive it is, is not that the whole world knew about it. That was inevitable for someone like him. The impressive thing about this situation is just how fast the news spread and the multiple was that it was spread. That has been the success of the last ten years. The speed and pervasiveness from the advancements in these fields is astounding. The point of this example is that a global icon died and due to the progress made within the information and communications technologies industry; everyone knew the day he died; weather they found out from a tweet, a Facebook status, a news headline, etc. The fact is that this spread fast and it was because of the innovative thinking of the last ten years that allowed it to spread that fast.
The next example focuses more on the natural disasters that‚??s happened within the last couple of years, primarily the earthquake in Haiti, the Chilean miners, and the tsunami/earth quake/nuclear meltdown that devastated Japan. These were all horrible disasters that changed these countries forever. But again that‚??s not what them testaments to the last ten years. It is how the seemingly country wide things became global relief effort. The earth quake in Haiti generated one of the most astounding relief efforts because the method of relief and if they would even get relief was such a controversial topic. This kind on controversy made Haiti the center of attention during early 2010. However unlike Michael Jackson‚??s death what makes this example so important is not the speed in which people found out but the fact that this was a global topic that generated help from all sorts of organizations though all sorts of IT mediums: like facebook, twitter, and all other sorts of social networking sites. The global community came together in a way that it hadn‚??t before thanks to the advancements of the IT industry and made a difference in Haiti. The same goes for the Chilean miners. Their story wasn‚??t as fast as Michael Jacksons but it was just as pervasive. And with the Chilean miners‚?? predicament came a greater understanding of live streaming and youtube, which became a source for news as well. The disasters that struck Japan was arguably one of the worst we‚??ve since Chernobyl, some would argue even further back. As with the other disasters in the example it wasn‚??t really the speed that made this event so important but just the sheer amount of global involvement it got shows how far we‚??ve come. Before ten years ago this would have been a topic for a current events class but thanks to the advancements in the last ten years these disasters were brought straight into our homes so that we could see first-hand and get more involved.
The last example is one from this year. It was the political event that rocked the global as Osama bin laden was gunned down in his compound deep within Pakistan. This had a similar effect on the world as the death of Michael Jackson in the terms of speed and press. Within hours of Bin Laden‚??s death a statement was made and pictures of the dead Taliban leader were circulated all over the internet. Just as quickly rumors spread that these pictures were false and within a week of his death the government had to step in take down pictures and issues statements regarding the validity of the death and the information they had given out surrounding it.
These were examples of speed but also of the type of community that the last ten years has created. We‚??re a generation of thinkers that ask questions. We re-invent ourselves to suit ourselves. That‚??s been the theme of progression and who‚??s to say that we have really peaked. Maybe these last ten years have been building up to something as we approach speeds media hadn‚??t ever dreamed of one can only ask what‚??s next.