We are at the end of a decade. The end of a decade that has changed the world and the way we perceive it. Technology continues to exceed expectations, we face a rapid influx of media, a change in the way we consume it and social media has become the epicenter of the society we live in.
At the start of the decade we saw the dawn of a revolution in technology. Technology is becoming smaller, lighter and more powerful. Smartphones are coming to the point where they can pack as much if not more processing power than most average laptop computers. These smartphones have now become the centerpiece of the society we live in. The devices we now are starting to use, have the power of laptops, camera units that are comparable in quality and ability to DSLR cameras, and instant access to an interminable amount of information.
With the rise of these smartphones and the internet and increase in accessibility of the internet for people, it has only opened new doors, new voices and increased the palette of information available to everyone. This has had a resounding effect on the society that the 20th century had established.
This rapid phenomenon of more and more people becoming part of the information pool has decentralized power of media companies and governments (though it can be argued that we have only ended up handing over power to internet companies instead). The radical decentralization of power globally due to this phenomenon that has occurred has led to a new wave of activism. One fueled by information that is unfiltered and comes directly from the ground. It has in effect removed the middleman giving more power to the people. In many ways this was an emergent property that manifested as the use of social media evolved.
While this form of activism is great, it has led to a lot of pointless outrage, a blatant trail of misinformation and easy misleading. Simply because all voices get a platform whether they are good or bad.
Now more than ever our voice matters, because you have a platform to share and influence at least one person and that means something. But it’s important to know what you’re advocating, or sharing is exactly what you think it is because it’s easy to get people angry with a single headline. If this decade has taught us anything, it’s easier to play to people’s fears and emotions than tell the truth. Often when a story sounds exactly like what you want to hear or too good to be true, it most definitely isn’t.
So going into the 2020’s all I simply ask is, have an opinion, share it, because it matters, but be sure it’s exactly what you think it is. Its that famous Russian saying "Doveryai, no proveryai", which loosely translates to “Trust but verify”.
Use your voice for good and use it to change things in this decade because it matters.
On that note here is some decade nostalgia for you.
See you next year.