Isn’t it wonderful we have the internet, suddenly getting in contact with old friends is so easy. It used to take between 1 to 2 months for a letter to be received in America from a Third World Asian country. Even governments had to suffer inconveniences of postal services which are now appropriately termed “snail mail”. But please do not misjudge or undervalue postal service. It has its own uses.
A mid-19th Century man would have considered it supernatural to have his mails reach their destination and vice versa in seconds, in contrast to the modern person getting exasperated and frustrated not to be able to get his in 24 hours, a time span still “superfast” for the previous-century human being. It would have been stupefying and unfathomable for him to be able to send multiple “superfast mails” to a hundred different recipients all at the same time. He would have felt the same way or even more strangely than Rip Van Winkle did.
Aside from “superfast mails”, we get to enjoy online chatting or video conferencing, an unthinkable proposition that would have baffled even the likes of Alexander Graham Bell or Thomas Alva Edison. Social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google+ are ubiquitous conveniences and tools that are used by flirting teenage girls and business people alike. The utilitarian and trivial uses of the Web are so copious that opportunities and possibilities are dizzyingly vast for the modern man who has sufficient knowledge of the facility and enough mettle to venture into unchartered territory of innovative business enterprise. Even the average techie has equal access to cyber and internet opportunities. Even the ordinary business person who stumbles upon a novel business idea can make him and others in his employ rich and famous.
Cybernetics and the Internet penetrate even the deepest recesses of wealth of the filmmaking industry especially in areas that involve use of intensive graphics and animation. Steve Jobs proved that, after his downfall when he was kicked out of Apple, the company he co-founded and nurtured to greatness. His wizardry in graphics and animation made possible the rise to fame and fortune of his Pixar Animation Studios which debuted perfect animation full-length Academy-, Golden Globe- and Grammy-Award-winning movies such as the Toy Story series, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, the Cars series, Ratatouille, WALL-E, and Up.
It may not be possible for us all to become like Steve Jobs but… who knows?