Is post going missing? By this, I do not mean through dawn raids on your letterbox or mail slot, although these things have been known to happen. I have heard (heard) that even if someone were to s…(muffled)
Anyway, this post is about ‘Post’. We are always Post-something. How many times have I switched on the radio or television or read somewhere that we are Post-Industrialist, Post-Feminism2 or 3 (I lose count), Post – War, Post-Colonialism, Post-Thatcher, and soon to be Post-Brexit Referendum 2016.
Things as they are, and by things I mean the kind of things that like plastic bird strangling variety found on the tops of four-packs-of-lager from your favourtie off license or soft drinks retailer have a nasty habit of sticking in your mind masqeurading as the truth. These things that shackle us to our feeble impressions of reality and whats right and wrong are often Post-something or another as we struggle with a new paralysing reality the talking heads and pens go on about how much better it was before when things were just how they were Pre-whatever cum wotsit…
The Wild West. The new frontiers are times of lawlessness and pioneering discovery. These are the Pre-days. Just stick those three letters before the name of any epoch you care to mention and what springs to mind. Activity, thought, danger, activity, effort, discussion, teamwork, ingenuity, heroism, breakthroughs and dissapointment resilience, determination, resourcefulness, fulfilment, lives worth the living, vision, actuality, reality pushing and smashing through boundaries in a flash of light of discovery, passion and new life. Otherwise known as War.
As the Digital Era develops and expands laterally, vertically and horizontally pushing out like the belly of an angry dragon what else shall be consumed by his fiery breath. The High Street singed, Recruitment singed, technology, singed, commerce singed, warfare changed, relationships changed, entertainment changed.Communication constantly evolving at breakneck speed. Who will the losers and the winners be?
One things is for sure. It’s not a good time to be illiterate or poor. And those who seek an audience with the pioneers had better come prepared for society on the move not in some slow-motion replay but in the seconds, it takes to transfer funds from one economy to another electronically updating records before you have time to blink. Instant communication with workforces, millions of people connected by intra-tech colloquially known as shared technology in the hands of a few trusted people accountable to themselves and their families, shareholders and boards. It’s tech at the top. How high can you stretch?
Back to the present and we see a day in which Pre-This and Post-That are but images that can be manipulated by not only governments but individuals keen to make their mark on society. Youtube videos and music production standards are up by one thousand percent since the early days of the service.
I still, like millions of others own a television, radio and a bookshelf. We may be Post-Internet Explosion but we are still very much Pre-Digital home.
Finally, what about the present? War with Russia? CyberWar with China and the developing world? IS in Syria and Turkey? IDK. I would sure as hell be well entertained, though, at the End Of The Pre and Post World. If It should happen it would probably be electronically and thus unnoticeable except to voltmeters which one day might develop intelligence and take over the world
I am kidding. I hold out hope for humanity under the age of 25 before they are exposed to responsibilities that make them POST-Fun, Post-Freedom Of Thought, Post-compassion and turn them all into Post eBay-Smart Phones.
You might get used to living in a world where your pound shop post it notes carry more weight than your £400.00 phone (and are easier to update) but until then hold on tight, trust no-one and keep on writing.