Now the time has come to choose between a Smart Phone and all other media……


P. Archibald Furtado
Kemmannu News Network, 15-04-2021 15:17:35


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Now the time has come to choose between a Smart Phone and all other media……

After a real dull one year with no social celebrations, due to Covid19 threat, our community slowly coming to normal track. Lot many weddings, engagements, roce, Jubilees etc are taking place and this summer thought to be hectic one with severe heat and humidity. Heap of Invitations, that too on Saturdays / Sundays more than 2 – 3 functions. It so happened, we missed few by oversight that is why now we made a Calendar of Engagements and who will go where and when….?

Yes, that is not my subject of writing these few lines. In one of these functions met few good old friends. After exchanging pleasantries, a straight question, ‘what you are doing now..?’ with true concerns, ‘nothing serious….’ a polite reply from my side. ‘How you spend your time or engage yourselves…..?’ ‘Lot many things, including a small effort here and there, to write about a few unsung heroes of yester years….?’ After a pause, ‘Do you think anyone is interested in reading them….?’ ‘My friend, its none of our, business, let us do our part of work….’, was the answer, crept my mind, as the last question, though softly hit the ego….but refrained.

What followed was an interesting debate which truly an eye opener for us and to summarize:

  • No one have time or patience to read long articles and even books.
  • News Papers are not the stuff one eagerly waiting in the morning. Moreover they lost their trust and credibility, both as a conscious keeper or the fourth pillar of a democratic set up.
  • Face Book, Twitter, whatsapp group, You Tube - are the media for news / information and unknowingly ruling the mind set of younger ones.
  • Popular websites too have lost their attraction, compared to previous decade, but smart and quick to realise the change or shift in taste and preferences, in these days promoted their own you tube, news channels etc.
  • TV News will be last resort or option to have dependable un-biased information as most of its debates are singing hosanna to the ruling hands or a particular party. Today in many homes TV set is reserved only to watch Cricket match on a larger screen and enjoy events like IPL etc.
  • Most unfortunately, all big media houses today are either influenced or owned by political heavy weights and criticism never tolerated or allowed to be highlighted.
  • There is very little or absence of dedicated professionalism in both social and print media. No reliable or investigative reporting, going down to the root or origin of any news item. Press conferences or briefing have no credibility as the news shared over here already out or stale one.
  • Regional channels too, now tow the same line. They were started as real news givers and once emerged or successful to attract few viewers, their voice was thwarted or at times key persons were lured……!
  • There are very few to be branded as independent media if at all there, its reach is restricted.
  • Radio sound never heard in any house hold now…Few have the habit of listening to Radio Mirchi or like that while on a long drive….that’s all.

One ‘Smart iPhone’ does the magic. Its everything – a camera, voice recorder, telephone, TV, radio, source of all information, News paper, magazines etc. People are now depending on it for all religious ceremonies, retreats, Holy Mass etc. All entertainments, movies, songs, music, skits are readily available and watched over here.

It’s time for us to adjust to the changing world. Otherwise we will be left behind. Not long ago, a radio was a luxury, watching a movie in a theatre was a thrill and be a spectator for a musical concert in an auditorium was a proud moment, turning the pages of a photo album was an experience of revisiting the nostalgic moments……

Time has come to message or to call children in the upstairs informing them breakfast or lunch is ready. No eagerness to wait for relatives to visit their homes…..in the end ”apun apnak, dev somestank….” One question haunts me… or we are forgetting is, whether the potentials within us is greater than the obstacles around us and we are accustomed to easy life or happy go lucky attitudes……? In a long run, adjustments with wrong people will not at all better than argument with right one, as its already our meaningful silence taken for granted as weakness…..Let us also not surrender to artificial intelligence and lose our thinking power…!.

Now I am thinking very seriously, is it worth to write a book…..?

P. Archibald Furtado, 11th April, 2021,
archibarkur@gmail.com, 9845742750.

Comments on this Article
Prashanth Shetty, Shirva Tue, April-13-2021, 7:46
Machines made man physically lazy, artificial intelligence made man mentally lazy..
Agree[1]
Mariano Alva, Udupi Tue, April-13-2021, 6:02
Just have a iPhone in your hand and have everything at your finger tip. Only issue how to have money.

Shopping, school, prayers, entertainment what not a to z in Mobile.

Most of the children can’t imagine a day with out a handset in their hands.

Don’t know where we are heading towards? God save us and coming generation.

Agree[1]
R Quadros, Kemman/Mumabi Mon, April-12-2021, 9:27
We are moving towards like No mobile, no life....

A very true article, books, newspapers, magazines are beyond youngsters mind.

We subscribed English and Kannada newspapers for our kids to read - their answer is we can download and read, why waste money is their next question??

Genuine thinking from the writer but keep writing!!

Agree[3]
James Fernandes, Barkur/Chicago Mon, April-12-2021, 6:53
It’s easier for me to listen to your books if put on voice in you tube.

Readers and listeners are quite many but writers are very few.

You are exceptional.

Agree[5]
Vinod, bangalore / Kallianpura Mon, April-12-2021, 6:39
Very well written article. Insightful and informative - kudos to the author !! Look forward to reading more
Agree[5]
GS Lewis, Kallianpur - Udupi Mon, April-12-2021, 6:07
Its very interesting to read above.

Books can not be compared to TV Radio and I phone. For a healthy growth of a human being just depending on mobile not correct. Print media lost credibility due to political agenda.

This trend will or must change. Educate new generation to use ipad phone etc judiciously not to become dependent only on it.

Keep on publishing such articles. Thank you.

Agree[5]
Vincent DSouza, Kalmady Mon, April-12-2021, 5:45
Artificial intelligence really brought down the thinking power.

For example, when Calculator was introduced all thought mathematics will be irrelevant. But the case is not so. Today iphone is one of the substitudes for communication not the only one....Books will have its own value.

I share the concern of the author not to become lazy, inactive and just become a indoor gadget, engrossed with laptop and mobile.

Parents have greater responsibility to give the taste of external world, nature and fine arts...

Thanks for a thought provoking crispy essay, compelled me to read it more than once.

Agree[6]
Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai Mon, April-12-2021, 5:26
I cannot imagine a single day without my Smart Phone ...
Agree[7]
Patrick L. Lewis, Kallianpur/Dubai Mon, April-12-2021, 4:24
I agree with Archibald.
Agree[6]
Seema Lewis, Sastan Mon, April-12-2021, 12:16
One more write-up on a relevant situation.

Thank you Mr Archie Furtado

Agree[7]
Rajesh, Malpe Mon, April-12-2021, 11:50
Well written, timely Article.

Congratulations and best wishes to the writer.

Agree[7]
Alfred Furtado, Barkur Mon, April-12-2021, 11:49
A mind-blowing article.

It’s true that changes are inevitable. But it’s creativity and perseverance withstand every hurdle and continue.

Agree[7]
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