The death of distance

Augustus 30, 2010 in Sonder kategorie


I never realised the insignificance of distance until one drowsy Monday morning in January 1998.  Eager to join the PowerPoint-notebook yuppie league, I browsed the web for data projectors and requested prices and specs via E-mail. 


My idea was to declare a 20-year old tape recorder or similar doorstop in a new bag as a data projector at the then Johannesburg International Airport, to throw it away  overseas and to sneak in the new device tax free. In this way I could capture and exploit the essence of the gravy train in a little more humble manner, I could score an overseas trip at the receiver’s expense, and claim the expense of a trip as a study tour to acquaint myself with the latest technology. Consultants too need to stay abreast with the latest developments. 


A message to a company in Germany resulted in the first positive reply.  A few minutes after the E-mail was sent, I received a telephone call from their South African agent based in Cape Town: Sorry Sir, you cannot buy directly from overseas.  We are the only local suppliers. Can we set up a meeting to demonstrate our latest models to you.? I suddenly realised that the big big world is no longer what it used to be.  From South Africa to Europe and back in a few minutes, human response time on a Monday morning included.


 The message is clear: electronic communication has reduced the world to a global village.  The Internet has opened-up the world for virtually everybody to participate.

2 antwoorde op The death of distance

  1. louisna het gesê op Augustus 30, 2010

    Die wereld het klein geword.

  2. louisna het gesê op Augustus 30, 2010

    Ja, wat sal ons doen sonder tegnologie?

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