A big damn hurry
One man's progress is another man's lament for a simpler time, according to 'oldie' George Hook, who worries for the furture of his grandchildren
There is a scene in The Shawshank Redemption where long-time inmate Brooks Hatlen is released on to the streets after over 50 years. As the frail old man attempts to absorb his unfamiliar surroundings amid confusion and fear, he says; "The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry".
I often wonder what Brooks would make of the world today, were he to step outside the confines of an institution and into the ultra-modern, hi-tech bubble that is life in 2017. We are smack-bang in the middle of a digital age, hurtling at warp speed towards a dramatic shift in societal operations. High-speed internet and technological gadgets dominate everyday living, to the extent that mobiles and laptop computers are now extensions of our bodies and essential tools of existence.
Paper is increasingly redundant, and it won't be long before books, magazines and, yes, even newspapers, are but relics of a bygone era, extinct from modern living and curious antiques of our ancestors' time. Today's generation want everything on a screen, and they want it instantaneously.