One of my best friends (shout-out to the Japanese magician Sho Yamagishi) sent me a YouTube video the other day that referenced how far we've come in the technology age. The video, called "Did you know?" brought up a few key points:
*China will soon become the number one English-speaking country in the world
*India has more honors kids than the U.S. has kids
*The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004
*It's estimated that a week's worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century
*It's estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0 x 10^19) of unique information will be generated this year... more than the previous 5,000 years
*Half of what students beginning a 4-year technical degree learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study
A commenter (shout-out to Dallas) noted that one of the main reasons blogging is dead (or dying) is that we live a post-literate society. We're able to get so much of our information from sources such as YouTube and television that there's no need to read anymore. As much as it pains me and makes me feel old, it's true. While I do love to read, I'm far more likely to click on a link to watch an interview. However, because I do love reading, 'riting and a little bit of 'rithmetic I'll continue blogging and hope that someone else has an appreciation for the new "old school" that is the 21st century blog.