Since the invention of the printing press, nothing has advanced writing and publication like the Internet. I’m not talking about industry book publishing or even self publishing – I’m talking about the amazing opportunity the Internet provides for the ordinary person to write and have his or her words broadcast to the world. Anyone – really anyone, can publish their words in such a way that anyone else in the world can find them.
Obviously this does not address the question of how to get people to read what a person has written, but just the fact that they can make it available for anyone in the world to find is truly remarkable. Advancements in technology and the rise of social media has essentially changed the course of modern culture. Everyone can be heard. The only limitation is in the person’s skills and their ability to bring attention to the words they write. Anyone can have an email account. Anyone can have a MySpace, Twitter, or Facebook account. Anyone can have a blog. And while these specific mediums will change, adapt, and be drowned out with the rise of new, better forms of media, all of them address the fact that the voice of the individual has reached a level of potential that has never been approached throughout history.
So what will we do with the potential we have? Some researchers are saying that we’ve reached a point where we are paralyzed by the virtually infinite number of choices that we have. In essence, they are saying that because we have SO MANY choices and options, we will basically do nothing. I suppose there is some sense to that, but I think we will find ways to choose, sort, and divide our options into workable, useful parts. I’m not concerned about having too many options to function.
So with the sky (or more correctly – the universe) as our limit, what should we do with it all? If we really can do anything, what should we do? What would you do if there was basically no limits to your opportunity?
What do you think? Where will technology, devices, social media, the Internet, and the advancement of society take us? Where would you steer it if you were the one at the wheel? Or are each of us at the wheel? Share your thoughts – lets not be paralyzed by so many choices, let’s brainstorm and come up with ideas to pursue intentionally. Any thoughts?