By Ishita Gopal
Edited by Sanchita Malhotra, Associate Editor, The Indian Economist
Sarah Wirth, an Austrian, is a friend of mine. I know her because we were in choir together when I went to Austria for an exchange programme three years ago. Despite being 8570km apart, we’ve stayed in touch through emails, texting, Facebook and Skype.
The extraordinarily potent fusion of transportation, tele communication and the ever progressing technology has brought the entire world as close as it can possibly get.
Transportation allows us to go to any place we choose- from a grocery shop next door to a city at the opposite end of the earth. It also facilitates globalization and trade, furthering international integration and exchange of goods, ideas and cultures. While roads, railways, waterways, airways physically connect us to people/places around us, ground breaking technological advancements and sophisticated gizmos allow us to virtually step into another’s world without having to move from the comfort of our homes.
Inventions of telephones and mobiles have shrunk distances considerably. They provide voice communication, helping us stay connected with our friends and loved ones without having to travel long distances.
The most radically altering networking technology is, of course, the internet. It is a web of billions of interconnected computers spread over the world that gather and dispense information on every imaginable topic with lightning fast speed. It allows us to exchange electronic mails and even hold live conversations-video or text. We can join social networking sites, communities, political/religious groups or can just ‘surf’ the net for entertainment.
Due to this continuous and speedy barter of people, goods, ideas and information 24X7, we have come to learn about different cultures, traditions, lifestyles and problems of people from different places. We get instant information about what is going on in the world, whether it’s the Miss World contest in China, a revolutionary movement in Egypt, the Presidential elections in the US or the debate over FDI investment in our own country. All boundaries have effectively been dissolved and everything and everyone has come within reach, condensing our large world into a small village.
Ishita is a BA( hons) Economics student from Miranda House, Delhi University. She is a multitasker and likes to be involved in all kinds of cultural activities. Besides writing she loves playing Beethoven symphonies, choir practices ,and reading fantasy and fiction.She prefers doing research about a subject by first watching a documentary or two on it, and then reading a lot of articles from different newspapers. Her dream job is to own a record label while doing freelance writing for a big magazine/newspaper.