It would seem that February’s Note was premature. It was only the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. Now known as COVID19, not only has Mobile World Congress been cancelled, but just about every major tech event since then. And yet, the internet hums ever along and data must flow. In fact, it feels like it is the very fabric of our society today. The cancellation of these huge global tech shows—catastrophic little more than 5 years ago—are well-cushioned with virtual events, streamed keynotes and product launches. In the real world, everyone’s on lock down. In the digital world, it’s business as usual.
Our devices are getting more powerful, connectivity faster than ever. New tech continues to be announced before the previous generation has gone mainstream, sometimes making it hard even for media like us to argue its benefits.
As I sit working from home, weathering a virus outbreak watching the world go by through the windows of my browser, I have been wondering what it was like before the widespread adoption of social media channels to disseminate information. Where traditional media was one-sided, social media is a collective, a hive mind. We all have some responsibility to make sure that everything we take in, and in turn share or reshare, is credible enough.
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