a reply to: RexPlex
My experience of the internet has been largely positive, although it was rather bland early on. I was an avid user of chat rooms on Yahoo when I was a
kid, and made a few friends that way, but the conversations were often quite... asinine, certainly when compared with the quality of discourse which
prevails here, for example.
I have cut off, or been forgotten by virtually all contacts developed during that time, so there is very little about that period of my internet
usage which really inspires me. However, the loss of those contacts has to be put in context. I love my life, I love my people, those who have been
with me for years, and those I have known only a short time. Life is not infinite in this flesh, it ends, and so do all things in the physical
When compared therefore, with the vast weight of entropy in the universe, I have no complaints. The existence of this website has been vastly
important to me since 2007, and I first accessed the internet in 2001, so for the seven or so years that I have been here, out of the thirteen years
that I have been in the dataverse, I have been spoiled, my cup of internet quality, runneth over, and over, and over, as a result of membership here!
What with YouTube being what it is, the ability to connect to anyone on the planet in seconds should the need arise, the ability to extend my
awareness beyond the edge of my nation, beyond the edge of my planets atmosphere, the access to information that this network provides... These things
are of great value to me. However, it is the things in the net which are invisible, which concern me, and all my internet use is undertaken with the
knowledge that something, somewhere, is collecting my data.
It disturbs me, it angers me, it makes me want to tear something into minute pieces. However, given the aforementioned benefits of a life lived with
data, I will have to put up with it until some enterprising hero destroys the intelligence agencies involved with the spying.
*incidentally spy guys, you are so lucky that I do not understand computing. So, so lucky.*
So, overly positive in totality, is how I would describe my time on line, and the people I have dealt with along the way.