Saturday, May 29, 2010
Come a Long Way...
The internet has certainly come a long way. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Youtube, and time wasting activities are just some things we do instead of writing. A time existed when this new fangle gizmo was a barren world of limited entertainment. For me, my first interaction with this world wide web was in college in the early 90s. The university assigned me an email address, which I don't think I ever used. During those days when I sat down at a computer, it was to write my papers.
One time, I was in the computer cluster and beside me were two college boys, both of their fingers clacking over the keyboards. Every so often, their laughs shattered the studious silence. After a few hours, the boy on the right leaned over and whispered, "That's cool."
I peeked at their black and white screens and scanned their texts. I couldn't believe what I read, these two were wasting hours emailing each other. I gave them that look girls in high school perfected and rolled my eyes at them. Boys and their toys and this was a generation's new toy. Back then the internet was nothing more than email and porn. My professors warned us the first day of class that if one of our sources came off the internet then an automatic F was slapped on top of our work. At the time, nothing posted on this information superhighway was reliable. This was the beginning of a new computerized world and you couldn't believe it.
Now a decade plus, the net is the go-to place. While I mailed in my college applications, my niece filled out hers online. Universities are now scanning their libraries to share the wealth of knowledge collected through the years, classes are given online, and information is a search word away. To think, that without the world wide web all us FTHers may not find the research we need to finish our WIP, chat and share good wishes or boost each other up when rejection is received, even share our knowledge.