A mere 10 years ago, the world was a completely different place from the one which we know today. Can you remember life before the internet, before email or instant messaging? Can you remember life before the latest digital music and digital television could be accessed with a few clicks of the mouse button?
We have well and truly moved into the new “Technological age”….and thankfully – this is just the beginning.
So how is this relevant to Kuwait’s Future then?
Well, as much as certain people are trying to block our outside interactions with more cosmopolitan lifestyles, trying to suppress our choices and shackle our natural evolution – technology, and a deep rooted intrinsic need to be in touch with ‘the latest of everything’ will ensure that Kuwait keeps itself in tune with the rest of the world.
Talk to any kid nowadays and see how much time they spend on the net. See how much time they spend watching Western Orientated Shows, being influenced by Western Dress and Western Fashion. The Kids of today know much more about the World in general – than the kids of my time.
Just the other day, I was sitting with some young kids who are frequently watching shows like ‘Friends’ , ‘The OC’ or just about any of those Pop Culture shows on the MTV Channel…..Like any kids throughout the world – it’s only natural that they compare their environment with that of what they see and hear on Television.
So guess what questions they were asking? “Why can’t we do that stuff here in Kuwait?”……
And that was just the beginning.
Computers are literally everywhere. Technology has made the world a much smaller place. It’s now possible for me to share thoughts with people from all over the globe – not just family and friends.
With the advent of even newer communicative mediums like Internet Blogs – we are getting a much closer look at the ‘lifestyles’ of people from all over the globe. Internet Blogs are helping us to both vent and express our messages to a potentially unlimited audience; they are helping us to collectivize our thoughts and beliefs – and ultimately bringing us much CLOSER together than ever before.
So what of the new developing Generation Gap: The old Traditionalists vs Today’s Kids?
The tensions are building.
As much as some people want to keep Kuwait in the dark ages – and keep it a relic in the Ever ‘Progressing’ Arab World – they will ultimately fail in their longterm quest. Why? Simply because people will ‘educate’ themselves to different choices and different mindsets. Information is power and when people begin to realize that their ‘choices’ (through comparison) are not there – they will rebel.
I think this is one of the reasons why we are seeing certain people in Kuwait doing their absolute best to suck the living life out of Country. Those in power, the outgoing generation – can see what’s happening and have absolutely no clue how to fight off their new worst and invisible enemy.
What they don’t realize is that there is nothing, absolutely nothing that they can do about it. Welcome to the new and most powerful “weapon of mass education” : Internet Technology.