Discovering the Interwebworks

Reflection on Wall

I remember the day we discovered the interwebworks. A few of us were walking along and one of us tripped over this weird wire. It wasn’t a telephone line or cable.

So, we hooked a Morse Code Pecker up to a Picture Box and were completely amazed by what we saw. AOL let us download yesterday’s news that was written two days ago. It felt like whiplash!

I mean, we no longer needed fifteen cents or even a four dollar and eighty five cents per month subscription! Interwebworks killed the newspaper star…

I remember the first time one of my professors saw this contraption. She was annoyed by how slow it took. I told her that I could have any answer to any question in less than two hours and seventeen minutes.

She said she could run over to the library and find the answer quicker. So Melinda, the office secretary wrote a question on a piece of paper and gave us each a copy. Then she said, “Go!”

My professor ran out of the room, down the hall, out the door, through the parking lot and into the library. Twenty seconds later, she came back out of the library, walked across the parking lot, into the building, up the hall and into the study hall.

I was trying to stifle my expression as I sat there holding my copy of the same question. My professor looked at Melinda and asked, “What is this?”

Written on our pieces of paper was the question, “How much quicker do you think you could have found the answer if you just used the interwebworks?”

That’s the day we all realized the future was going to change. The future was going to bring us to a whole different time and place. If we weren’t going to change with it, we would end up falling behind and losing even the most basic skills.

Could you imagine all of us sitting in one room and none of us are talking to each other? I mean, that would be ridiculous…

 

The Phenomenon We Call the Internet

The internet found a way to connect us and separate us both at the same time.

With the internet, we’re still alone. We’re just alone around a whole new crowd of people.

Before the internet, we had difficulties communicating. But now, it has brought us together so that we could develop brand new difficulties communicating.

With the internet, if we don’t like our history we can just create a whole new one.

We have to teach our stupid kids how to recognize false information.

We have plenty of smart kids. I’m just talking about our stupid ones.

 

And most importantly:

In this day and age, we shouldn’t be dumbing down anything. Our kids are more advanced than we ever were, and than we ever imagined they could be.

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Michael Allen is the author of the newly released novel The Deeper Dark - When Haven Kayd returns home after being a POW for years, he returns to a world that has moved on without him. As he's playing catchup, the truth comes out about a scheme he was unknowingly the poster boy for and he learns about a hidden world that threatens everything he cares about. Available now at Amazon!

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