Indeed it does. I can phone a friend in France or in Australia, or in South Africa and get an instant response. Or I can e mail them and it is almost as fast. Snail mail as folk are apt to call it, takes a little longer but to me there is something exciting about hearing a letter or two plop onto the vestibule floor.
This speed tends to make us think that in the 'old days' news took a long time to get around. Well yes it did in relative terms and yet, considering the conditions it was surprisingly quick.
Last night I could not sleep. I am still suffering with my throat condition and it troubles me more when I lay down. After an hour of trying - and failing - to drop off (and getting more awake by the second), I got up, made myself a second cup of Horlicks and settled down to read for an hour. And, as you do, I read about Cimabue and Giotto and Saint Francis.
Giotto was a humble village lad when Cimabue found him scratching drawings on to the rocks with a sharp stone. Cimabue took him under his wing and taught him to paint (and what a wonderful painter he turned out to be.)
Cimabue sent Giotto to a chapel in Assissi - St Francis died in 1226 and Giotto was born in 1266,
so there would still have been people there who had known St Francis. There he was to paint pictures - frescoes - on the walls of the chapel. In particular paintings of St Francis preaching in and around his garden.
In the beautiful little medieval church of Wissington in Suffolk, there are wall paintings of St Francis's sermon to the birds frescoed on the North wall. And they were painted before Giotto did the painting in Assissi. Good News does indeed travel fast. How would it get here - well that is anybody's guess.