Revisiting Anthropology in Today’s Context

Tara Devi S. Ashok*

Revisiting Anthropology in Today’s Context. Anthropologist have gone through a long journey in the advancement of the tools that help us to understand the humans from many angles. Today, we have arrived at a juncture where we are inundated with so much information that putting together and making sense of it all, has become a big mission in itself.

Being an anthropologist, I have had the opportunity to closely observe societies taking quantum leap from the age of subsistence to the age of plenty. The great strides in technological development from stone tools to the electronic/digital devices in the hands of a common man to the growth in food production using technology. Yet, the environment challenging us on a daily basis.

What will be the impact of this phenomenon on our biology and the future of the global cultures? There are good and not so good aspects of this shift in the cultural paradigm and how this shift is slowly making people more digitally autistic. While the same digital device can help an autistic child to be more connected. To begin with, globally we have several good impacts due to the digital development.

Therefore, it is the right time to observe effects of the shift in cultural traditions to analyze if we have come to develop a peaceful mind or have become more stressed humans, who are losing the mind in one way or the other. The struggle for existence still being there on a daily basis.

Anthropol Open J. 2016; 2(1): e5-e7. doi: 10.17140/ANTPOJ-2-e003