Having grown up among emerging technologies and constantly evolving digital platforms, I’m rarely surprised by the communication capabilities of the modern world. That said, I never thought that, having been reduced to taking the Fung Wah bus to D.C. because of staggering airline ticket prices, I would have Internet access from Chinatown to Chinatown. That’s right—I’m checking email, blogging and being generally productive on a bus that’s somewhere on the Baltimore-Washington parkway, and my Internet connection is faster here than it is in my office. Imagine that.
The second communications wonder of my day is the news that not only can you log online on the Fung Wah Chinatown bus; apparently you can Twitter from Mars. Over the past month, the Phoenix Mars Lander has become a fixture on the microblogging Web site, posting more than 100 updates and developing a community of thousands. It’s basically a robot in outer space talking to Earth through cyberspace.
The fact that this (and a speedy connection on Fung Wah) is possible is more proof that digital communications platforms are only going to get bigger, faster and, apparently, more out of this world.
By Courtney Barnes