Digital Natives of Asia

We cannot deny the fact that the internet has truly become such a prevalent form of innovation that our dependence on it can reach extremes which to our own perceptions is quite normal. As a matter of fact, just the mere entertainment of the thought that we don’t need the internet would be considered abnormal.

After watching a particular documentary on the emerging culture of online journalism in Southeast Asia, I came to two conclusions: First of all, our reliance on the internet is most definitely not something new and secondly, it’s something that we can’t escape or even the least bit deny in this day and age.

The documentary even mentioned that it has become second nature to the youth of power countries such as Singapore and Malaysia to rely heavily on the internet for the latest on news and information. And it’s not just the youth! Professionals which one might assume would stick to the more traditional forms of media are actually depending on the speedy updates of the internet for their daily dose of news.

What really interested me the most throughout the documentary was the emphasis on how the internet age was something everyone had to adapt to sooner or later. It’s as if that it’s an inevitable choice people will soon have to decide on as time goes by. Despite the fact that practically 90% of Cambodia’s population still resides in the countryside, there is still the impressive penetration of the internet, particularly among the youth.

So with all this talk about how it has become a need for journalists as well as the more traditional forms of media to adapt and change to the internet age, will the “prophecies” we constantly utter regarding the internet ultimately become a reality in the near future?

In my opinion, yes. The world has become a lot more complex. Every day there are more culture, sub-cultures, ideologies, new information, etc. that are being created and because of these complexities, it is only natural for us to find ways to make our world a little smaller.

But the question remains: does a smaller world always mean that it’s a much better place to live in?