Over the last 24 hours the Australian internet has been full of bad and sad news. I have had at times needed to make a conscious decision to stop looking at twitter and news websites. I even found myself being berated by the former PM’s Director of Communication on twitter, I don’t think he was happy with my response as he didn’t reply.
The one thing the internet can be relied upon to do when you need it, is to cheer you up. A very old internet joke is that the internet is made completely of pictures of cats. After all the bad and sad news I found myself last night searching for pictures of cats to cheer myself up. Some of these pictures become over night viral hits and then next the day are replaced by another cute cat picture.
The internet is full of news, some occasionally accurate, much not and when you need it, the internet is full of cats that can make you smile.
Last night this was my favourite picture.
Oh and I haven’t forgotten about the questions I have been asked I’m just working on the answers (it’s not too late if you have any questions) – stay tuned.
Today is Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, and I along with millions of others wish him a very happy birthday.
While Mr Mandela is in hospital the world waits for news of his health and though for many it is hard to consider, his death. Some will have news alerts delivered to their email letting them know when there is new news about Mr Mandela, others will be watching Twitter, Reddit and other news websites for updates.
I remember the day Mr Mandela was sworn in a the President of South Africa. I know exactly where I was when he took the oath of office. I was on a bus on my way to Kettering in the English midlands, for my fortnightly visit to sign on for the dole. I was listening on a walkman to the BBC broadcasting the ceremony to the world. I also remember crying on the bus and people staring at me. I remember me explaining why I was crying. I also remember the explanation didn’t help ad the other passengers still stared at my like I was a crazy lady.
Since the colour broadcast of the Queen’s coronation, which let ordinary people into a previously closed and relatively private ceremony. The world now demands access to just about everything. Journalists are camped outside the hospital where the Kate, the Duschess of Cambridge will give birth to the next king or queen of England (and the Commonwealth) so they can broadcast live updates to their audiences.
Worldwide audiences expect their news to be live, instant and in their pocket. We have moved from the wireless, to colour television, portable radios and now to the internet in our pockets. We have access to the good, the bad and the wonderful.
This instant news can have it’s draw backs with many cases of journalists being caught out by fake news stories circulating on the internet, so remember just because it is online doesn’t mean it is true.
Whether it is news of a disaster, a royal baby or the death of a much loved man, the future will not be televised it will be shared online.