Today’s Editorial: The march of technology

POSTED: 05/17/11 12:12 PM

Today the world, including our country, places its focus on telecommunications and the creation of information society. The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Better life in rural communities with ICTs.”
This theme reminds us that the march of technology continues and is becoming more and more a part of all of our lives, even those who were once technology’s most severe critics. But really out of that theme comes a question: Is more and more technology really what rural communities want?
We see rural communities as the final bastion of our oral traditions, the last quiet place where we can get away from being connected to our work and stiff schedules. Is bringing technology to those places of calm and stillness there what we want to do? Do we really want to create even more spaces where people have their I-pods in their ears while they scroll through their blackberry, laptop or tablet p.c?
We dare to state that rural areas where people still talk to each other are not the places for an overflow of technology. People living in those areas should indeed be able to access information and they should get hip with the technology, but an over run of it will simply create another urban environment.
Also, on the point of information, we realize that some of the harshest critics of things like the internet point to the frivolity that most people use it for, but it can also be a bastion of information. One core example is the website of the Government of St. Maarten: www.sintmaartengov.org. Here people can find press statements and laws. The latter is key as it gives people a chance to personally know their rights and obligations and the applicable punishments.
Today, we suggest each person, weighs how much technology they need in their life, and how much information they need.

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