I can’t be the only person that jumps online to answer the question, “What film was that bloke in?”
So where we would have previously spend anywhere between 1 to 4 hours trying to recall that film with the fishing trip and a nun, the information can now be gleened in under 5 minutes with a visit to The Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
Welcome to the ‘Digital Age’ or ‘Information Age’, although I feel these names are somewhat dated and dream up images of banks of computers in a room on a clip of video from the 70’s or 80’s, when electronic computer devices were becoming an industry standard.
Now with the increased use of the internet by the public, we see the appearance of communities and ‘virtual amenities‘. In recent years we have seen the replacement of old technology by modern advanced
Prime examples of this migration are
- Phones to Texts
- letters to emails
- store shopping to online shopping
- there are 100’s more ….
But those changes just reflect people adapting to technology whereas community themed places are increasingly becoming the backbone of the mordern internet. Places like MySpace that not only brings people together but their interests in music, with bands and artists providing blog entries & music bringing their fanbase closer to the band. Flickr and deviantART are 2 more wonderful examples of communities of people that want to share and interact on topics they are interested in.
My recent adventures in buying tickets reminded me of the days when you watched for band tours in the back pages of the music magazines and you had to phone up and order (or rather someone with a credit card had to), it all seems along time ago now but it was less than 10 years.
The digital revolution isn’t over it’s just evolved, shaped by the needs and wants of it’s users. Becoming bigger and increasing ways for us to interact and socialize with other people around the world that share similar interests.
When here becomes anywhere and our friends are electric, I think we can start to welcome the Cyber-Age.