The Internet

So, After Lesson Questions:

How did you find out about the Internet? How has it changed you? What sort of role does it play in your life?

So,Last night I was watching 20/20 (or some variation of that program) with John Stossel about free speech and how in America today we are losing a lot of rights re: free speech due to being Politically Correct and so forth. Since, at times I’d like to think of myself as an artist, being denied my right to say whatever the hell I’d like to (four letter words and all) it scares me quite a bit that there are people (from my generation and others) who are damning words.
In the report that Mr. Stossel gave, he spoke about Sexual Harassment, Colleges and their new ways of protesting, and also the almighty Internet.

So,Seeing as though my beloved Al Gore invented it, I thought I’d pay some homage to my man and the device that I don’t know if I’d be able to live without. I remember way back in the day I believe I may have been 12, when the Internet was just surfacing on the main stream. How did *I* first hear about the Internet you ask? I read a tiny article in Details magazine. It’s odd how we remember things so vividly, like I should have known it was a prophecy.
It was such a novel idea (to a 12 yr old girl who grew up in a town of 20,000)! People talking to one another on a computer? Fascinating. So, I set out and had to get me one of those computers. My mother wasn’t always the slickest of the lot, so it took me three years after that article to hear the sound of a modem, fresh and clear.

So,Does anyone else remember the days when it was almost impossible to find information on the Internet? Some things were available, but nothing like the past few years. When people talk about the Internet boom, they basically refer to the financials and quarterly reports, but when I refer to it, I’m talking about the revolution that rocked my world. When I first “logged on” it was chat rooms, then it progressed to finding info about reports, now I can buy a house with the click of a button. I can buy discounted cigarettes, write in an online journal, design my own car and then buy it (the color at least), buy a bed, read a review of a NY times bestseller and then have it delivered to my office in a day, people can even order drugs and have them delivered to their home.** The possibilities are endless, now with the world realizing the profound impact on society and on culture that the internet has had and will continue to have, I expect a lot more. Stephen King and his web-book (which I might add is of no absolute interest to me because of my loyalty to the “feel” of a good book on the beach, not a laptop) are trying to go even further with the capabilities of e-commerce.

So, People my age and younger, are growing up in a world where almost anything is accessible, ready and delivered by mail. Information on health, sports and the Wall Street Journal are here, along with so much more. There are websites for anything someone could dream up, tests to see if you are optimistic or pessimistic, color tests (see mat’s post on Color testing and it’s uncanny accuracy, also for a plethora of cool e-tests see mat’s bio), and there’s always the pornographic websites**, which are pretty self explanatory. We, along with the Internet, have evolved. God Bless Al Gore!
** – I, in no way shape or form, condone drug use or pornographic materials; however if one chooses to view and/or consume such “things” – I shall smile the goofy, “I-Know-Nothing-Smile”, just like Al Gore’s.

4 Responses to “The Internet”


  • I don’t like Tipper Gore much at all.

  • Ok, you’re frightening me with all this al gore praise, he never created the internet, despite what HE says, no no no, he was not the father of the concept.

    And yes – fuck tipper gore.

    –Ian Fish

  • Ian, m’dear…

    I know Al Gore didn’t invent the internet, you and most of american society know that he didn’t invent it, but does Al Gore know that?

    …that what my point basically…perhaps I should have expressed my disdain for the man more clearly, next time, I promise.
    Kristen

  • Ha, no worries K, my mistake.

    –Ian Fish

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