What struck me was when he said more people own cell phones than have access to clean water. I found an article confirming that:
That amazed me for several reasons.
- In effect, more people have technology than basic health needs
- Land line telephones have become obsolete in the Third World before they became widespread.
- This probably means illiterate groups have more access to information than ever before.
This is key for publishers and media professionals. Up to five years ago, I was in discussions where we believed most of our customers still didn’t own a desktop computer. Now, we must admit even remote villages in far-flung regions of the world can access technology. It stands to reason a household may be more likely to own a mobile phone than a printed book.
Think of it! Households that may not have a literate person living there could suddenly have access to information that was otherwise out of their reach. This is more than revolutionary. This could fundamentally change how the world thinks.