In a recent poll when people were asked what they think of when they hear the term “telecommunications provider” they overwhelmingly responded with answers like, “expensive and unreliable” and “crappy cable companies that ignore the concept of customer service.” It’s no wonder the prospect of finding a new service does not fill the heart with joyous anticipation as shopping normally does.
If you are looking for a provider it’s probably because you need one. Phone, television and internet service are no longer a luxury. Many jobs require reliable communication the way they used to require reliable transportation. High school and college students find that much of their educational experience takes place online. In some cases TV and internet have completely replaced classroom learning and testing.
It’s true that some people’s lives revolve around American Idol or the Academy Awards show. They want to be able to chat, tweet, IM, blog and talk about the show even as they watch it. That may seem rather shallow to people who have actual lives depending on their ability to communicate reliably. But in any case when people want good equipment and service they are unhappy when they don’t get it.
People who study these things believe that our primitive ancestors normally communicated telepathically. They would say that modern people who seem to be able to send or receive messages mentally are nothing new at all. They have just hung on to an ability that most of the human race lost when they learned how to talk and read and write. Speech became useful for conveying more complex ideas than the visual images that are most easily conveyed telepathically.
Early humans probably used their psychic communication skills to convey information like, “I’m over by that big pointy rock. There’s some really good roots and berries here. Come and get some.”
This same instinct can be seen in many tweets and instant messages announcing one’s location along with information about the food and entertainment. Anyone who wasn’t aware of the prehistory of the human race might be startled at how many pictures of food show up on Facebook. “We’re at the Sushi Gallery. Check out this combo platter.”
The primitive desire to be in touch with fellow humans has not been lost. Until or unless we regain the power to communicate telepathically over distances we will have to rely on high-tech equipment. The company that comes closest to offering a service that is as effortless and inexpensive as telepathy will be the winner.