October 23, 2002

Computing and the Net

Bad News and Good News.

Well folks, it's been real. So to speak.

What would change in your life if, all of a sudden, you were disconnected, permanently from the Net? I'm not suggesting that this recent hack is going to make that happen. I'm just asking myself how it would change my life, for good or ill. Perhaps this is something to think about, for the 'what if' department at your house. Comments? Anyone?

Posted by fred1st at October 23, 2002 11:52 AM

As in other aspects of life, the Net can be used for good and bad, but the genie is already out of the bottle, so we have to deal with it. I think it would change my life for the "ill", since I do not have many others in my current town that are on the same brain wavelength. Blogging helps me to reach out to others who enjoy exercising their brains (not that I'm any mental muscleman). It's like living in NYC (no matter how weird you are, there are 100 people just like you), but without the "city-stuff" and cost.

I would miss the writing, both reading others and producing my own, so I would probably buy more magazines and get more books from the library (maybe even send out some snail mail - gasp!). Otherwise, cable TV is always there if I had an urgent need for mindless entertainment.

Posted by: MarcV at October 23, 2002 03:31 PM

Fred, knowing how you agonized when your server was down for a few days, I'm not sure you could handle a total Net outage. You'd be out by the road begging for cars to drive by.

Not to worry. I'd probably take it for the apocalypse and come to hide out at your spread.

Posted by: sainteros at October 23, 2002 06:01 PM

I'd get more sleep!

Posted by: Charlie at October 24, 2002 07:09 AM

I would read more and write less. Having a couple of readers makes me more purposeful in my writing, and more accountable.

I would let ideas pass, not being able to find answers short of a biweekly trip to the library, 20 miles away. I would pay less attention to snippets of things I read or hear on the radio...the name of an artist or a book, say...because it has become so easy to satisfy these low levels of curiosity by Googling.

I would have to start watching TV for the news. Blecccckkk!

Posted by: fredf at October 24, 2002 02:45 PM

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