The various, multifarious manifestations of the universe of the Digital, with the capital D, indicating privilege is surprisingly not changing anything fundamental. Livelihoods access, public health and political power remains unchanged. Oxygen would have saved seventy kids earlier this week. Smart phones cannot change that, although sensors could have helped. Train travel in India still is unsafe. IRCTC App can buy you the ticket, but can’t make your life safer.
Main Street retail and banks are transformed by aggregator economics, giving cashless a sense of everyday comfort. The fundamentals of Digital Modernity are still underwritten by old school choices, of life, of survival.
Googling food can give you the nearest eatery, the direction and the menu, but is the digital economy creating more jobs or taking it away? If so, can the majority buy the meal on Swiggy?