Time Square – NYC- Digital screens and billboards
We are involved in a world in constant motion where everyone is linked to anyone. This is the straight definition of globalization and social mobility.
We cannot live without imported goods : we would be naked in a house without any furniture. Obviously, we could eat, but only some basic in-season products. That could lead to frustration, for we are in a consumer society, used to a lot of variety, a lot of choice. Furthermore, our everyday life is hyper-connected and information comes from all over the world.
We are all concerned by mobile lives: everyone from every country and from every culture will know this phenomenon because of globalization. However, some people are more concerned than others, for instance, businessmen, both in developing countries and developed countries. Virtual devices will be profitable for these two kinds of countries, by making commercial exchanges easier. However videoconferencing will never replace a trip to an exotic place, so it will not destroy tourism.
We give a lot of importance to technological progress, because these technological devices are the only constant and reliable things in our increasingly mobile lives.
This phenomenon started not long ago, but it will mostly impact future generations and leave a stamp on the following decades.
This situation will raise many questions such as : can we really call technological progress a progress even if it does not make people happier ? Will it not be a step back for the world economy ?