Opinion: Lagging Behind in Technology

Pop culture is becoming more technology driven, with services like Twitter and Facebook emerging from every corner.

But underneath this glorified façade, American technology is lagging far behind its foreign counterparts. That goes to say a lot.

Over the years, e-mail has replaced the traditional “paper to pen” method of transcribing and writing letters. Many businesses now depend on intranet networking to relay data across their respective branches all over the country, perhaps even around the world.

In Japan, broadband internet speeds are easily ten times of what is offered by American cable companies, which offer the quickest speeds in the American broadband market. The crisp high-speed broadband image made possible by improved technology quickly dwarf the grainy and slower images Americans encounter.

The bullet trains offered in Asia and in Europe, which boast speeds of up to 300 miles per hour, are also quick to mock the American Amtrak system.

Though given the moniker “train,” Amtrak is anything but – with its frequent stops and a metal shell seemingly reminiscent of a train, Amtrak is nothing more than an underground bussing system.

It is a wonder as to why our train system has not become mainstream, especially in an environment and economy desperate for more dependence on public transportation.

 

This opinion was written by Leslie Wu. The views of this author do not reflect the views of the Temple City Voice or its staff. It was published in the Temple City Voice on June 19, 2009.

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