The next hundred years

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I haven’t noticed any public commentary about the fact we are moving into an era that will mark the centenary of many aspects of life that we take for granted. The Roaring Twenties or the Jazz Age happened almost one hundred years ago.

Film, radio, gramophones, cars, aeroplanes and other similar objects were relatively new in those days. It makes one wonder what the collective mindset was like, if the people had to deal with so many new developments.

Mass communications have moved on in leaps and bounds in the times we live in. I have my own stories to tell about ways that I used WhatsApp to solve a major problem to do with rehearsing a troupe of performers who live thousands of miles away from me. It was seven years ago when I dealt with that issue.

Are the majority of human beings making the most of the tools we have in our current age? One public intellectual wrote a piece about the way that the mobile phone has given agency to folks with limited literacy skills. I sense that there is a lot more that can be done, for better or worse.

Access to research information via search engines is another matter to be considered. There is a lot of speculation about the range of skills that will be most highly valued in years to come. It helps to be vigilant and aware of the possibilities.