Saturday, May 10, 2014
Disaster at sea in the information age
The tragic sinking of the ferry Sewol in mid April and the heartbreaking loss of so many high school students who were onboard has gripped South Korea and also the entire world. It is beyond words to describe, especially in a short blog post. I would simply note that the entire tragedy is profoundly conditioned by this countries advanced digital broadband networks. Already, the public here and the whole world has gained insight into what occurred as the ferry sank through videos recorded on smartphones, which are universally used by high school students these days. The loss of young people, especially students, strikes a universal chord all around the world, but most especially in this nation which places such a high value on the education of its youth.