TBILISI, Georgia, 18 May 2014 This is a beautiful city, capital of a fascinating country, and an interesting time to be here. Georgia is part of Southwestern Asia, bordering the Black Sea, between Turkey and Russia, with a sliver of land north of the Caucasus extending into Europe. Despite is location, Georgia views itself as part of Europe. According to a 2002 census, Georgias population of just under 5 million is: Georgian 83.8 percent, Azeri 6.5 percent, Armenian 5.7 percent, Russian 1.5 percent, and other 2.5 percent. The country is quite close to Ukraine.
Im here for two weeks to discuss how digital technology and the Internet are revolutionizing the global exchange of information — and the way we live. We are at an extraordinary juncture in the history of mankind, technology and communication. Even more important than the Gutenberg press, the advances in digital cameras and the Internet provide us unprecedented opportunity. Ordinary citizens of the world now wield extraordinary power. We wield the power to communicate instantly, globally and in a language, the visual language, which supersedes both the written and the spoken word. Now, we can “raise our voices” and join the global conversation about issues important to us all.
Especially among the young, video is how ideas and information are exchanged. Its how we communicate. Its the new literature. Video is the new language. My job is to teach people how to speak it more effectively. To make videos that rock.
(Photo by Bill Gentile)