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Old 9th January 2005, 04:43
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The value of the internet

Most of us remember a time when a letter was the best and least expensive form of communications. We are living in a time where, if we so choose, things that used to take days can be done in seconds. However, I think too much convenience can be a bad thing.

In the United States, there are gasoline powered leaf blowers, and devices to make holes in the ground. What is wrong with using a rake or shovel? These things save time for what? Sitting? Watching television? And the complaint is that Americans have become overweight and do not get enough excersize.

I cannot presume to know what each one of you does with your time. It would be impolite of me. Yet, here, at your fingertips, and in a very short time, is a device and method to get many things. Speaking for myself, I don't know what I would have done or not known if it were not for the internet. I would likely still be getting catalogs in the mail and wondering if there were others besides me who were interested in the subjects discussed here.

I grew up in a time when there was no internet and no one had cell phones. I learned that you get out of something what you put into it. This included trimming a Christmas tree or tending a rose garden. How much of the potential of the internet is being realized? I don't know in general. But here, I think it is being utilized well.

Convenience is only good to a point. Everything worth doing needs time and work, even if it is preparing for guests or going to a park. Convenience will never reach the point where there will be no effort required on our part. I cannot picture living in a world where machines did everything for me and I was just a spectator.

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Old 10th January 2005, 22:36
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Amen, Brother...

Regards and many thanks for your efforts,


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Old 11th January 2005, 20:12
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You're welcome, Tony.

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Old 14th March 2005, 01:40
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The value of the internet concerning history is the fact that we are able to reach profesionnal and amateur historian by E-mail, without the internet reaching those people would be possible but it would take a real long time and the real proof of this is this forum.

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Old 22nd March 2005, 03:58
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Re: The value of the internet

Originally Posted by edwest
Too much convenience can be a bad thing.

Let us never forget that the first syllable of convenience is 'con'

I'm only twenty seven but never had a computer until I went to university for my first degree at 19. I only recently got a mobile phone and spent several years growing up without the aid of a family car. My younger siblings - especially my brother - didn't do it "as tough" with this regard and tend to take things for granted. If they are bored there is the television: when I was a kid it was either a book or my imagination and the back yard. I saw all my friends at school during the day or at sport on Saturday morning so there was no need for my own personal phone - even at university I couldn't see the need for them (useful as they can be, I still think of them as the bane of modern society) and growing up in a regional town I could virtually walk anywhere I wanted to, or if not hop on my push-bike. People I went through university with used to suffer from writers cramp and had such terrible writing simply because they had been brought up pecking at a keyboard. Those same people would comment on my handwriting and marvel at it, mainly because it was neat and legible.

In some ways the usefullness of this board is a negative, also. Remember the excitment of writing a letter and standing by the letterbox waiting for the postman? There is virtually nothing that is so important in this life that it can not be put off until tomorrow.

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