By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)
DATELINE — Someplace Outside Chicago. People have asked what inspires me to write this blog. Well, there are three fundamental reasons:
1. Need to Communicate: I’m a communicator by profession and this is a platform to do just that.
2. Because I Can: Need I say more?
3. The World Around Me: I get inspired by what I see and hear.
This post was triggered by #3.
Earlier this week, a chance encounter at O’Hare International Airport prompted me to wonder: In this world now and forever changed by digital sources of communications, just how connected to we have to be?
Case in point: The young man with the stylish Mohawk (or was it a Faux Hawk?) haircut sitting near me at Gate L8.
This gentleman was communicating –sometimes simultaneously, sometimes not — on three devices: A laptop (Macbook, of course), tablet (iPad) and (you guessed it) iPhone.
What he was communicating and to whom, I did not ascertain. However, he was good at it. Wish I could tweet that fast.
Note from the image at left, that I, too have embraced technology while traveling. In the photo you’ll see my four-year-old Dell Studio (with srs PREMIUM SOUND!), a first-generation iPod Shuffle (with metal carrying case and original ear buds) and my trusty BlackBerry Curve.
A slave to the “must-have-the-latest” technology, I am not.
But I recognize the value and need to communicate and be kept informed these days. I do, however, question is it really necessary to be connected all the time. Not sure about Mr. Mohawk, but I was heading out of town on vacation.
That raised other questions.
Do I really need my laptop? (Well, you wouldn’t be reading this if I failed to lug it along.)
Will I actually work? (I’ve checked office messages and replied to work-related stuff many times.)
Is because of the preponderance technology plays in our lives today, will those who grew up with a handheld or tablet know what it’s like not to have one?
Will the “art of conversation” be a lost art to future generations?
I don’t know the answers to the above, but I do know I’m going to stop this online communication now, stroll by the waterfront and later have some sushi and a beer. Maybe two beers. I don’t plan to tweet about it or post images on Instagram.
And, I won’t have this laptop tethered to my arm.
One more thing: Where am I? Check out the photo at right and guess. No fair if you follow me on Facebook.