Monday, March 10, 2014
National Wormhole Week, Wormfest, and Stephen Tremp's Latest Release, Escalation
Hosted by Stephen Tremp, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and myself.
Rules are simple:
Name one thing where science advances mankind, and one where technology will go too far and set us back. They can be the same thing or different.
It took me a while to think of something, and then I realized it was staring me in the face - the Internet!
It’s probably one of the most revolutionary inventions of the past century. Searching for information could mean a full day at the library. Now it’s fifteen minutes online. We don’t have to leave our house to shop. We can take care of all our accounts online. We can connect with others around the world and news travels instantly. It’s brought our world together in a way we never dreamed possible.
It’s also isolated us more than ever.
Before the Internet, we had to leave our homes and face the real world. We had to go out and experience life and meet people. Relationships were face to face.
Now we spend all day in front of our computers. And while we do make real friends online, a thousand Facebook fans means nothing if you don’t have a real friend who could help you with a flat tire late at night. Or sit and listen to you. Or go to dinner and a movie and laugh.
We’ve also grown lazy with the Internet. No need for proper punctuation or capitalization. We don’t get the joy of learning when the answer is instantaneous. Why go out and see the beauty of a real sunset when we have access to thousands of photos online? Why be a genuine, caring person when we can type whatever we want online?
It’s an amazing invention. But do you ever wonder how it’s affecting us and the next generation?