My Take on the Internet
Back in elementary school, I had a computer class with those old Apple Macintosh computers. We drew line graphics on the computer with coordinates and moved a turtle around on the screen. We also had the chance to play simple games on the computer. After that class I wanted a computer. I craved the interactivity that it provided. My parents didn't get me one until many years later when I was a senior in junior high school.
My dad got me a computer from Marine Park, Camera and Electronics Store. It was a Canon computer with a 486 DX 66 processor. Yes, Canon made computers. I still pass the store sometimes. It brings back old memories.
I would spend hours messing around with the settings, seeing what would happen if I did this or changed that. When I messed it up my dad would have to take it back to the store to have it fixed. I'm sure that guy who ran the store wasn't too happy about that.
Anyway, after changing settings for the umpteen time, there was nothing much of do anymore. That's when I discovered the web. There were endless pages of information and I could surf for hours. It was very interactive as opposed to TV. I could search for the information I wanted and each website I visited linked to other websites. I found myself looking on a website about one topic and find myself discovering a whole new topic. It was fascinating that I could learn about new things without even trying.
One day I stumbled onto a web site which said that you could create a website. My interest was piqued. I never even thought of putting up a web site. The idea that I could put one up sounded like magic. My sister and I quickly went about reading and learning about it and not long after we used Geocities to put up a site with our favorite cartoon characters, learned HTML, signed up with Tripod, and started our own webring. Old sites including, "Our Favorite Characters," "Earth's Creatures Exploration," "Yoshi's Melon Patch," and "Pokexpress."
I must say that I was addicted to the Internet. My interest waxed and waned as I got catch up in other things like school. During that time the rest of the world quickly picked up on the Internet and the World Wide Web. People got Internet connections, the dot-com companies came and went, people began switching to broadband, wireless networks sprouted up, and kids growing not knowing life without the Internet. I remember one commercial on TV. A woman stood by a road and asked when the so-called "Information Superhighway" would come. I must say it's here today, at least in the U.S.
What would someone do if his or her Internet connection were severed? Here is a fascinating article on how to cope with such a lost.