… so says Joseph Priestley
Priestley was enough of a liberal to have his house burned to the ground by an angry mob in 1791 because he dared to publicly admire the French Revolution. King George III was apparently not amused.
More importantly for us, Priestley foretold our modern digital age.
We used to have letters, telephones, and talking to someone face-to-face. Now we have more.
We have multiple channels of communication, including email, texting, blogging, microblogging, podcasts, videos, slide programs, and probably many others that I am just not aware of. We can choose to communicate in one, several, or all of these methods.
We can tweet, we can blog, we can comment, we can broadcast, we can publish.
We can talk to one, we can talk to many, we can talk to our friends, our tribes, our groups, or our circles.
At the flick of a virtual finger, we can send our message to millions.
We can organize and automate all of these, so we are actually kicking back and swigging margueritas while we communicate.
We can communicate at whatever hour of the day or night we desire, from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world, pretty much.
We can aggregate, curate, and collaborate, all while creating a virtual junk pile of our communication that cannot be touched, but apparently will exist forever.
I am worn out just typing all this …