Communication: The Link to Progress

15 01 2008

Yes, it has been a while since I’ve posted. You’ll forgive me, but I’m an academic, so I completely check out from Christmas until midway through January. Our travels this past vacation season took us to Orlando, and the land of Disney! Having grown up in California, I’ve had my fair share of Disneyland trips, as have the kids, but we’ve never seen Disney World.

While there, I my wife pointed out a bit of inspiration. At Epcot, the ride inside the huge golf ball is called Spaceship Earth, and it’s a trip through time to see the sparks of innovation that have driven progress, invention, and technology.  Tracing history back to the pre-historical days, the narrator on this Disney ride proclaims that language and communication have driven progress (Below, I’ve posted a pic of one of the animatronic scenes featuring Socrates).

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At the end of the ride, my wife pointed out how interesting it is that everything comes down to communication, and what that means for the future of the communication industry (public relations, communication scholarship, etc.). It got me thinking that in after growing up with things like The Jetsons’ and looking to a future with flying cars and living in Space, that it’s easy to miss the mark. The future of society is based on communication. The ability to connect with more and diverse people, and the growing technology to do so on a large scale and in real-time will dictate the future of our society…

Just food for thought I guess.