I recently saw a post from a friend of mine on Facebook which made me think. It was a post about them going on holiday but they were moaning because they had a cold. I was incensed by the fact that they were both moaning about having a cold and bragging that they were going abroad, and it wasn’t even through to the end of February yet. I have no problem with people enjoying themselves but I do have a problem when their insensitivity to the plight of others who don’t have the good fortune to be able do the same as them.
This, I think is a huge drawback in today’s social media, there are people who use Facebook as a means to communicate with their friends and relatives who they may no be able to any other way. Through this media they can share photo’s from the comfort of their own home along with all sorts of other bits and bobs. But there are others who, as we have all come to know who use the medium to harass and bully others, also from the safety of their own home, which has become a worrying trend.
I like Facebook, it’s a wonderful tool if used properly and its future is pretty much confirmed to be big and bright as it overpowers all other forms of social media.
How will this form of communication fare in the future, say in the mid twenty-fifth century, do you think? In the Col Sec universe, Kurt Stryder and his comrades in Col Sec all have Neural Interfaces which help them connect wirelessly to other devices such as communication systems, computers and in some cases the Artificial Intelligences that control some starships. It helps them do away with the need for devices such as mobile phones because a call through a comm channel is routed straight to the communication centre of the brain. A computer can be accessed and data can be uploaded straight to the brain where the Neural Interface or NI sorts through the data and stores it so that the brain does not overload from the sudden input. With these sorts of devices would there be a need for something such as Facebook? Everyone fitted with an NI could be linked to all their friends continually, any information they needed could be passed over to them should the owner give permission and all done with the speed of thought.
Would something like this make life easier or would it complicate things even more? What do you think?
That’s all for now,
see you soon,