This part of PM Lee’s rally speech is probably the most relevant to the blogosphere. The entire speech can be found here
The Digital Age – reaping the benefits, managing risks
Besides the population issue, another thing which is happening to us right now and is going to have a big impact on us is the digital age. The new technologies, the Internet, handphones, PDAs, all kinds of things which beep, which vibrate, which communicate, which connect us to cyberspace, not in heaven but somewhere on earth. It’s a completely different world. We haven’t talked about it but you just think back one generation how things have changed.
When I was in university, away three years, came back once. I telephoned home three times, once a year to report results. Very big event, very difficult to set up, cost a lot of money. You speak for three minutes, you put down the phone. Now, families communicate across the world as if they were side by side. I met one mother who told me, “My daughter is in London, teenager, every night she gets home she will SMS me to tell me she has got home safely.” I met another father, this one a grassroots leader in West Coast with Iswaran, his son is in Florida, grown up, married, but every day he will talk to his son video camera, MSN, Microsoft Networks, almost free. It’s instantly. If he’s on the other side of the world, you will call him. If he is two tables away from you, you will also telephone call him.
So we’ve changed. How we think and concentrate has changed. Read the rest of this entry »