Ray Kurzweil, the author, inventor, computer scientist, futurist and Google employee, on the effect of the modern information era:
People think the world’s getting worse, and we see that on the left and the right, and we see that in other countries. People think the world is getting worse. … That’s the perception. What’s actually happening is our information about what’s wrong in the world is getting better. A century ago, there would be a battle that wiped out the next village, you’d never even hear about it. Now there’s an incident halfway around the globe and we not only hear about it, we experience it.
Interesting, as I’ve seen other reports that violence is down to its lowest level in history, it’s just that we are becoming more aware of it every single day, which is distorting our perception of things.