“We have more media than ever and more technology in our lives. It’s supposed to help us communicate, but it has the opposite effect of isolating us.” – Tracy Chapman
While there are so much more ways in which we can communicate with each other, it seems that we feel lonelier than ever. Before the disruptive communication technology, people had genuine conversations or they even sent each other long detailed letters to stay in touch. There was so much to talk about as there were no televisions, phones or social media to receive updates from. It sometimes took weeks to find out the latest news. The lack of the forementioned technologies meant that you could only stay up to date by actually talking to people. In addition, you had nothing else to do than chat to others because you could not waste your time in front of the television.
Nowadays, we have Skype, Whatsapp, Facebook and the likes. We have lost the simple skill of having real face to face conversations, because we transitioned to a virtual world. In a virtual world, a lot gets lost in translation. People easily misinterpret things because facial expressions or intonation are not present. We need to try and make time again to talk to one another as we are getting more and more isolated from the real world.
Tracey Chapman is an American singer-songwriter who was born in 1964. Some of her most famous hits are Baby can I hold you, Telling Stories and Fast Car. She already won four Grammy Awards during her rich music career. Chapman is also politically and socially active. She performed at several charitable concerts and she is an advocate of human rights. Chapman performed at Nelson Mandela‘s 70th Birthday Tribute, which raised money for the Anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa.