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An Ode To You, My Online Love

Funny how this on-line cyber world plays out. An alternate universe. No, alternate dimension. My thinking is the Internet in bloom is somewhere around 20 of robust life. Its pervasiveness less. We, young and old, are defining it, understanding and defining it culture, rules and, most important, it's vast potential upside and downside. Startling.

Think about it. In just a decade newspapers, travel agencies, retail shopping and a host of other activities we took for granted have forever changed . . . businesses, industry and every man's thinking incomprehensibly changed.

I think many other bastions will fall. The town library needs to adapt otherwise will quickly become obsolete. Rather than read the morning newspaper like dad did... yesterday's news printed in ink on the chewed up pulp of a forest . . .  by 7:30 a.m. With a ridiculously priced room service morning coffee, I've already scanned Salon, The Guardian, Al Jazeera (with a quick story jump to the Jerusalem Post; imagine a marker in Al Jazeera citing the J.P.!) and, of course, The New York Times. Breaking news. Read what i want. And I don't have to recycle that wood pulp paper. The Times in trouble after 150 years?  

Change or die.

Funny how pleasing you, playing, imagining, building upon stories and the images the brain conjures up in this alternate dimension of careening electrons, is so, so pleasing to me. For just me the Internet has brought you.

 
HootieBootieInLuv HootieBootieInLuv 26-30, F 12 Responses Feb 12, 2013

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That's one way to look at it but honestly, sometimes I think we've advanced too quickly and we've cut down on the job market. We've opened up some new avenues in information and entertainment technology but also have started cutting down on newspapers and books and these physical things will give us more happiness.

I'm a techno child (have a laptop, secondary screen, smart phone, psp, an iPod and that's just me, if we put all the gadgets that the whole family has, it becomes a lot more crazy) but I like to write with fountain pens on sheets of paper and I like the idea of farming and being more rustic.

I think technology that advances also has negative implications. There is a great internet article that explains why and how the internet makes us stupid. I will vouch for this to be true because I feel more scattered after heavy internet usage than after doing anything else because everything else just requires more focus and you savour it a lot more.

Oh well, that's my two cent rant.

Not a rant at all. Here's the thing, I think: Great changes that affected the fiber of society were accepted grudgingly and sometimes took years to absorb and comprehend and then the next generation thought, "How could anyone live without it."

There's a museum of horse-drawn carriages . . . more models and embellishments for different walks of society and degrees of wealth than there are cars on the road today . . . in Morris Township, N.J. I imagine folks a hundred plus years ago went through the same thinking as you and I when we buy a car . . . . ("Mmmmm, always wanted the Porsche but $85K on a car. Yeah, the Honda looks right."). There was public outcry about the lives of those associated with the carriage business when cars.

Point is the Internet is here to stay of course and we're at the very beginning . . . same place as those who were concerned about the lives of carriage drivers in 1900.

It affects us on the macro and micro-level. For me, I met someone very, very special from another part of the country whose path I never would have crossed if it wasn't for electrons dancing whimsically on his computer and on mine.

You warm my heart in the sweetest of ways.

I think the Internet is a kind of electronic metaphor for the interconnectedness of all things and people. Synchronicity. Butterfly effect. What goes around, comes around. The world is a wheel.

Change or die...

Or get divorced... ha

The means continue to evolve as they have for thousands of years, the desire however to connect and share, be it news, a story, your day at the office or something more stands the test of time. It’s the content that matters, the conduit more of a preference or necessity. Today on-line tomorrow something new, might we be close to telepathic?

Each new vehicle undoubtedly offers opportunity and challenge and most certainly learning. The how may change, the why appears eternal.

The pleasure you experience through pleasing, playing, imagining and building upon, shared, and so much more deeply than ever imagined. Funny in some ways yet no surprise in others, it is after all how it’s been for thousands of years.

You are so right - except in this: The conduit is getting faster and easier.

Yes, but so is our ability to search, sort and filter the information, personalize our feed in a sense. No longer do we read he entire paper to find the 3 or 4 morsels we desire to consume. We can dip our toes in a 100 ponds and pick the one we wish to swim in within an afternoon vs weeks before.

Additional we can connect with people in far away places, people we may have never even thought to say hello to in the B&F world, become close friends through conversations online. KT being a perfect example, someone I would not have likely ever approached, is now a close friend that I have grown to love as a person.

Relevant topic. Well written. Somewhat personal. Overall I think it is more or less worthy of being archived. You know my opinion of the Internet though. Daily I am forced at electronic gunpoint to interact with beautiful women half my age. Women I have no business interacting with, now laugh at my childish jokes and want to see for themselves if I am as ugly as I proclaim myself to be. The Internet is the devil tempting Christ in the judaean desert. I must find a way to unplug from the evil that corrupts my soul. Where are my angels?

Worry not. American Idol is the final sign of the coming apocalypse. It has been foretold by snopes and facebook.

Read the last paragraph, David.

We are on the cusp of a true paradigm changing technology that simply renders everything we know obsolete. The newspapers, libraries and foundations of what we know and understand are crumbling or have crumbled.

The point of my story was it also gives us a new way to create relationships, meet people of great interest (or, like a fly, flick away those who are not), form bonds and, maybe, love the very special from people that were totally inaccessible a mere decade ago.

Think I ever would have stumbled over your prone, drunk body . . . red fire in your angry eyes . . . hair bristling like a ravenous badger . . . the acrid, sour stink of the unwashed and possessed. . . . behind the dumpster in a SoCal alley let alone picked you up and bathed you 'cept here on EP??

You question why folks reach out to you, laugh at your jokes and stories that go in and out of life's cracks and crannies. You ponder why younger women would cower in fear and disgust at the sight of you (folks, he is fiercely handsome).

It's the Internet. Apply new thinking. Cast your mind out beyond any preconceived borders of etiquette, custom, culture and what may have been correct 'back in the ol days'. Don't think of the answers . . . think of the meaning.

Revel in it!!

If it makes Kate's writing available to me, it definitely has a positive side.

Now you have me musing. We should all be eternally grateful to Al Gore for having invented the internet. LOL Not long ago it was lamented that the level of acid in the paper on which books were printed in more recent times would wipe out reams of human knowledge. In todays world that could be replicated overnight by an unusually violent solar storm. There may still be hope for those of us who are technologically challenged.

It is kind of frightening to have all your eggs in an electronic basket.

With all due respect, Gore never said he invented the Internet but rather, perhaps clumsily, created the environment that fostered the development of the Internet. That, along with the birther and Ivy League 'report card' nonsense, is conservative claptrap.

Nothing to do with acid in the paper . . . today's children will simply be amazed that the majority of folks alive today actually had a phone in their home (as my sister explained to my parents several years ago, "You don't call a house, do you?") or that we hacked up entire forests to print newspapers with old news that got read once.

They will also probably scorn those who tried to find love by chance and play and be puzzled about how it was done before the ultimate matchmaker, the Internet, matched zeros and ones to find the perfect mate.

Yes!!!

Change is like the ocean it comes in wave after wave and we either learn to surf, swim or run cause if we stand still we'll drown. I don't love all the changes but I do understand I have to learn about them and try to adapt...as best I can.....bummer on the books..I like mine in my hand with pages... :(

I agree sierra. It's just not the same.

I'm hoping that the reference to room service coffee indicates that you are in the UK for Valentine's with the good doctor.

Due east in South Beach doing my best to impersonate a capable consultant (what's that biblical parable about the one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind?).

Darn. Well, at least, it is probably better weather than London.

I don't think any impersonation is necessary for you to pass as capable at just about anything.

Uncle Bubba, your neese suggests you'll turn the map around or to wipe clean your specs (gimme here. I'll wipe them spot free wit my shirt since it's the only clean garment in sight).

Now you can see that South Beach is 174 miles east by south east of the front door.

Change or die indeed.

As for the local library I wonder what it should evolve into if anything at all? Will it serve any purpose other than an archive for what once was?

Alas Dotness, a storehouse of things that once were has little place in "Today" where wasted space is a sin. Every single book in your library could be condensed to occupy . . . no space at all! In the Cloud or an off-shore server. Every bit of information and reference material at your fingertips and instantly accessible on your choice of "tool" be in laptop, tablet, handheld or whatever the future of next year holds. I think the cyber libraries of tomorrow will be much different that the crude storehouses they are today.

Next to go are books. Though this one I'm fighting heavily. It's still not quite the same reading them on a computer screen.

I hope books never go away either... That would be sad...

It's interesting that we initially want to believe that online and the old world are separate universes, than as we get acquainted and comfortable with our online existence, we watch these universes collide and challenge so many old beliefs

The thought of having to go to a mall to shop, read a paper or even have physical company to play some scrabble....no longer

The idea of various sets of friends, relationships, existentialism....

So many new ideas, so rapidly evolving

What will we challenge next