Where is the ‘here’ that we have got to? You the reader and I the writer probably have a lot in common.
For a start, we can both read, and are used to reading in a variety of media: books, e-books, laptop, mobile text messages …
We both have access to the internet. That is huge. We have access to a world of information, music, video, text. All of the world’s newspapers are here, as well as the world’s largest encyclopaedia.
We probably have a mobile phone, which can do a lot more than make phone calls. It means that we are very rarely out of communication, wherever we are. The sense of being completely alone and out of contact is rare.
Speculating a bit further …
– We both probably live in rectangular rooms with rectangular doors and windows.
– Most of the food we eat is grown and possibly prepared by people we have never met. It comes from all over the world
– The clothes we wear are from a variety of fabrics, some natural, some artificial, also mostly made by people we don’t know
– We can travel by motorised transport: car, bus, train, aeroplane …
– Who do we live with? Most of us live alone or with a small group of others, in a city filled with people we don’t know. Through the internet we probably know more about someone hundreds or thousands of miles away than we do about some of the people in the next street.
– We use money, in either notes, cash, cards or numbers on a screen, as our medium of exchange. We obtain it by offering a very specific service, and we use it to obtain all the things we need and want.
– The fact of living in a particular country is important in some ways, but not others. It determines who we pay tax to, and how much, and defines and limits our personal freedoms. But again thanks to the internet, as long as we have access to a gadget to access it there is a community to meet and exchange with that is not limited by national borders.
This is the world of the generation that comes to maturity in the first quarter of the 21st century. To any previous generation, we must appear weird.