I commented at the end of my post about the triplet bull calves the other day about how quickly this story went from birth to picked up by MSNBC -- about 5 hours. Within a few more hours this story was picked up by media in Washington DC, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Greenville, Monterey, Pasco, Eugene, the UK, and a blog in Asia, among many others.
Even though I have always thought that I was up on the latest technologies, I still remain amazed at the acceleration of the pace at which we now are able to communicate absolutely anything and everything around the globe. This video on YouTube drives home the point of the pace of change more generally, and the role of technology in that change.
Last year, for example, it was estimated that there were 1 billion internet devices in the world, compared to a mere 1 million only 15 years earlier. So how does this affect how we communicate? There are generational differences because of this rapid change, so it is hard to generalize. However, for example, it is becoming increasingly common for health professionals to use text messaging to provide frequent, periodic updates to their patients and clients. Are you? Should you? Probably... expectations for communication are very different now than they were only a few years ago. And within short order, they will change again.
I also wonder about the social and societal implications of almost instant global communications. But, I'll let someone smarter than me comment on that.