1 December 2009

Places and Spaces...

... and it's probably all in the head.

Only a true philosopher could define the Internet.
My hands-on experience is of a place "far, far away" from whence
come rumblings of a society in flux.

I was impelled, internally kicking and screaming to the virtual keyboard
almost ten years ago. The main incentive to learn was easy to spot.
Just a few more technological advances, a handful of communications systems that seemed alien,
and I would probably never make contact with the people who are coming behind me, both in age and
social awareness.

So there was nothing for it.

I knuckled down.

Almost a week was once spent convincing Microsoft systems that I was not a pirate.
That gave me plenty to blog (and complain) about, I can tell you.

Discovering photography was an eye opener. People who will argue all day about
a fact or a point of grammar will (mostly) just look at a photo... like or dislike
what they see... and pass merrily on.

I had found my virtual metier.

So Davimack's wondering about whether the Internet may or may not
be a place has caught my interest.

Darned if I know...

I'll certainly think about it...

Winter Bokeh


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way I understand the Internet is that it is just another layer for data exchange.
Using technical terms like layer makes it just easier to explain.
The basic layer is a human being, person, individuality.
First layers are direct impulses recognised by our sensors - what we see, what we feel when we touch it, what we hear... and how the body reacts to such impulses on almost biological level.
Higher levels involve analysing of the incoming information by brain. And those levels would cover comunication with people who brought us up as kids, people who taught us to about the world (teachers), people who taught us to think independently about the world and people around us, people who inspire us.
The more we learn, to more we get information from new channels, like books, radio, LPs, CDs, TV and also the Internet.
Internet is not a thing, it is just a means of exchanging information - another layer. It is like huge library, but with the difference, that anybody could put anything on the shelf. And the privilege of such freedom allows us to choose what corner of library we will visit, what pages we see, where we talk to people, what we absorb from the others.
Internet is not scary place, but has scary corners and one big problem - people. We are what we are and who we are. And what we put on the net reflects our personalities. Both in good and also with our faults.
And the Internet is a bit nicer and more interesting "layer" when you post something. It is always worth reading.


12/03/2009 12:35 am  
Blogger Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

Thank you for taking time to write such an interesting post, ThOnda.

You have given me even more to think about.

Have a great day...

12/03/2009 10:17 am  
Blogger Granny J said...

I came to the Internet via my geekish husband and daughter, both of whom have been with it from the absolute beginning of news groups and such, tho I didn't really go online until the web. It gives me an opportunity to "publish" my observations on a regular basis -- a luxury I would have no other way -- and to meet new people along the way. I love it!!!

12/04/2009 12:07 am  
Blogger Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

I have to admit I thoroughly enjoy the blogging aspect of the Internet. Reading about your activities in the desert has certainly extended horizons here.

Also, I like ThOnda's thoughts of how "people" make the Internet what it is.

Certainly, I have had many opportunities to think about different personality types over the past few years.

12/05/2009 2:59 pm  

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