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The new age reality that plagues our generation is compacted in every digital device known to mankind. Digitization has replaced tradition; classes can be held online via webcams, movies can now be seen in the palm of our hands and hundreds of files which once needed many filing cabinets are easily stored on a device the size of your finger. This is the reality in which we live, and everyone from four to one hundred and four years of age is moving with the ever changing trends of the rapidly growing digital world.
The digital world has made our lives easy, by having information and entertainment at our finger tips. However, it has also given us its share of problems from systems crashing to the very frightening identity theft. Has the digital age eased our day to day troubles by replacing them with lifetime horrors?
Living a fair distance from school I’m privileged to experience the task of commuting, which allows me to observe the practices of the variety of people that make up our country. One particular practice that is recurrent is one also practiced by myself, and one many can relate to. Immediately after boarding a vehicle I take out my iPod and block out the world around. This action is one practiced by every teen or young adult in society today. Last week I travelled with two cousins and a friend we occupied the entire back seat of a 24 seat maxi-taxi, and all four travelled to Port of Spain from Sangre Grande in our own world via iPod entertainment. This said practice caused the untimely death of a young man last week. He was stabbed during a robbery in which a teenager stole his cell-phone.
The lifetime horrors caused by the very popular digital world via which you read this article does not always end with DEATH, instead it leaves many in DEBT.
For many, the creation of online banking was a blessing; no more long lines, traffic and risk of being robbed. However, this blessing has left many others wishing they had stood in line instead, with their bag of money. Identity thieves and online hackers have replaced the ordinary bandit that prowls outside banks, instead these master minds crawl through your internet usage like “spiders” searching for “cookies”.
A recent report from the security firm Finjan highlighted how a Ukrainian gang stole 300,000 euros in 22 days via a Trojan virus which they released on the internet.
So…How safe is the digital era? Are we better off with information at our finger tips?
Or should we “bring back the ole time days”?