Does more media make for better communication?
It is reported that there are more mobile telephones in the United Kingdom than there are people. There are also all the wired phones and computers. Each of these devices hosts, or has the ability to host, with a myriad of communication mediums. There is the likes (no pun intended) of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram and a host of other social networks and sharing sites. Are we communicating any better for all these applications?
We are saying more, that is for sure. We are also saying what we are saying in many, many more and different ways but are we any better at communicating than we were in Jesus’ time. I think that we might might even be worse at it.
It seems that everybody has something to say and now everyone has a way of saying it to the world, or at least to anyone in the world who will listen (or read). Everyone wants to ‘shout’ a bit louder so that their message will be heard over the cacophony of voices. The problem with all these notes, messages tweets, posts, podcasts and video-blogs is, to my mind, twofold;
Firstly, there are so many people saying something but at the same time saying nothing, it is hard to find the communications that matter and,
Second, virtually everyone with something to say is more concerned with saying it, than listening to anyone else.
Maybe, for a while, it is time to just be quiet and ‘listen’