Through one of the marvels of modern Science, I am enabled, this Christmas Day, to speak to all my peoples throughout the Empire. I take it as a good omen that Wireless should have reached its present perfection at a time when the Empire has been linked in closer union. For it offers us immense possibilities to make that union closer still.
These are the opening lines of the first royal Christmas broadcast, made by King George V in 1932, the background to which you can read here.
Illustrating how far communication has come since then, this year’s royal Christmas speech is on YouTube.
Technological advances have made it much easier, and relatively cheaper, to communicate with people all around the world.
When I went on my OE in the early 80s, I made two phone calls home in 11 months. Our daughter’s on her OE now and we chat several times a week via Facetime or skype.
It is much easier for politicians to communicate through their own Facebook and Twitter accounts.
However, how much of these messages go much beyond those already supporting them or political tragics keeping up with the other side is a moot point – at least until they make a SMOG (Social Media Own Goal) when the message is likely to go far further than they’d like.
There is a downside to this easy communication though and that sometimes people ignore the people they’re with while concentrating on phones or other mobile devices.
As Einstein said:
I fear the day that technology will surpass our interaction the world will have a generation of idiots.