Forum: A new digital era in communication

A man is seen using his mobile phone at Orchard Road on Sept 18, 2020.
A man is seen using his mobile phone at Orchard Road on Sept 18, 2020.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

It is easy to believe that the Covid-19 pandemic has produced only undesired effects. While the long-term effects of the pandemic are difficult to perceive, it has certainly reformed - in a beneficial manner - the structures of communication as a community.

Now, entire families and companies can have face-to-face meetings online, and webinars with thousands of people can be hosted. What we define as "normal" communication has experienced a drastic shift. Such events have paved the way for emerging technology companies to inadvertently shift the trend of social interaction to a new digital era.

The rising popularity, and necessity, of digital communication demands that we think critically about the way we communicate, as well as address potential issues of security and concerns about privacy.

If anything, the pandemic has proven that now, more than ever, the way we communicate with one another is undergoing a technological revolution.

Christopher Yoonjae Lee, 16,

Junior high school student

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2020, with the headline 'A new digital era in communication'. Print Edition | Subscribe