This blows my mind about recent news in media. Former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt laments that only two billion people of the world’s seven billion population is connected to the internet. Huh? He’s said that not every one’s online? Big deal?
Internet is not important in countries who hardly need time to call someone just to cry for help and share stories of desperation. The order of their day is food and how to get it. “Getting connected” is the farthest thing in their minds. Besides, if I were in their shoes why would inter-connectivity be more important when my body needs food AND medicine to survive?
I don’t want to rant but this makes me frustrated. What’s his point? More businesses? It looks that way!
People in third world countries don’t even know what sleek Tablets to Smartphones are and couldn’t care what iPhones, Galaxy Tablets, Blackberries are. Big deal!
You know what the headline should be? I believe the two billion people connected can do something about what the five billion can’t – provide help. Help in forms of food, education, and yes, internet. Only then can we really establish a world that is truly connected and use ‘www’ as a rallying cry to help those who can’t help themselves.
Worldwide, we can work together and make sense of this “w-w-w” that Eric Schmidt is sorrowful about. Mind your media and do something to Work With a better World. Is this a good framework to start with, Mr. Schmidt?