It is hard to imagine life without the constant connectivity available today. But there was a time, only about 20+ years ago, when communicating with someone in India either meant a discussion with an operator or it meant mailing a written letter (remember those?) with lots of postage. I have started calling that era Before the Internet, or BI.
Today, one can dictate a text or email to an iPhone, push a virtual button, and have your thoughts delivered to the other side of the globe within seconds. (If you want to talk to someone in India, just call customer service at your favorite company!) Modern, instantaneous, ubiquitous communications have revolutionized international business. Companies have had to change entire organizational structures and approaches to accommodate this technology. Mostly, the technology has streamlined and greatly improved efficiencies and products. It has also generated its own challenges. This new state of human affairs I call After the Internet, or AI.
So here is my current BI/AI list (please send me your additions):
One carried paper maps My phone, iPad, or car tells me when to turn, or “make a legal u-turn”
Guess that song was a test of memory Shazam is really accurate!
Movie night at home involved VHS Movie night involves Netflix
One read the Sunday papers for sales One checks prices on the iPhone
Weather reports followed the News Weather reports are pushed to users
Everyone on the beach had a
paperback Everyone carries Kindles
If your pocket buzzed, you
got strange looks Everyone’s pocket/purse buzzes
Tweets were sounds made by birds Tweets occupy too much of my life!
Facebook was another name for the Facebook will soon go public for billions
FBI book of mug shots more than they make!
Please send yours in!