Thursday, August 16, 2012

Stuck in the 20th Century?

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We are only twelve years into the 21st century, but there has already been a dramatic shift in the technology and media we use to keep informed and communicate with each other.

Here are some examples:

Keeping current with events in the 20th century:  Television  news, newspapers and magazines.

Keeping current now: streaming apps, blogs, Flipboard, Twitter.

Formats for reading books in the 20th century: hard back or softcover.

Formats for books now: Kindle or Nook.

Ways to send a short message in the 20th century: postcard, telephone or email.

Short messages now: text, Tweet or Facebook message.

Listening in the car in the 20th century: radio, cassettes or CDs.

Listening in the car now: Pandora, Spotify, iTunes or Audible.

Finding your way in the 20th century: folded maps or asking for directions.

Finding your way today: Google Maps or Garmin App.

Movies at home in the 20th century: Turner, VHS or DVD.

Movies at home now: Blu-ray, Netflix or Vudu.

Finding a job in the 20th century: classified ads, resumes and applications.

Finding a job today: LinkedIn, personal blog and twitter feed.

The world has changed rapidly and the rate of change is accelerating. However, many of us still use many of the older methods. I am certainly guilty of picking up the phone from time to time and still consume some printed content from traditional fiber-based substrates. Sometimes I even walk over to someone's office for a traditional analog, non-video conference. Generally though, I greatly appreciate the new media and thrive on the increased volume and speed of data.

How about you? Have you embraced most of the 21st century communication tools, or are you still mostly stuck in the 20th century?

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