You may think I'm kidding here, but for the sake of understanding:
The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of
users worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks, of local to
global scope, that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless and optical networking technologies.
The Internet carries an extensive range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents of the World Wide Web
(WWW) and the infrastructure to support email.
That's right, above is the Wikipedia
definition of the internet.
Now, this feeling I have isn't new, it props up every now and then for seemingly no reason at all, but I'm guessing it happens to all of us at some
point or another. Let me explain:
So I'm sitting in my home office looking at the Kordana Roses that are in full bloom on my desk. I've had them for a few weeks now and I noticed
they were looking a bit sickly on one side. So I google it, and within 3 minutes I have the answer to my question and the appropriate instructions to
fix the problem.
How long would that have taken before the availability of high speed internet?! It just boggles my mind.
I saw a picture on the internet the other that had a question, and here was my favorite answer.
"If you met somebody from the 1950's, what would be the hardest thing to explain to them?"
Answer: "I have a small device in my pocket that contains the entirety of human history and information. And I use this device to look at pictures
of cats and argue with people over the internet."
So what's the point I'm trying to get across here? The fact that we, take this incredible technology for granted. Now it's less prevalent in
those of us who are internet denizens. People who literally consider the internet to be real, and that the events and relationships we develop in
this space, are just as important as the "Real Life"events.
The problem is the people who rely on this technology the most, are those who are most ignorant of how it works and how important and vital it is to
their lives. They only realize once it's gone, and therefore are no help in trying to prevent
any wrongdoings by those in charge.
Our communities on the internet are relatively isolated and we aren't as forgiving or as pleasant a group that we would like to believe we are. In
general I mean, of course, there are better sandboxes than others.
We are a separatist and petty and often far too prideful of the places we visit most often and the communities we've become a part of. The end
result is that we as a community end up alienation those we need on our side, in order to win against those who aren't.
The same can be said about conspiracy theories in general. So, it's just a reminder, don't take this place, or any other digital space for granted
and remind those who do, what life would look like today without them.
The internet has become inseparable from our day to day living. It's the ultimate tool for good and bad communication. We must strive to make it