Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Could We Be More Connected?

Internet is the 20th century’s biggest achievement. The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks which means it is essentially a network of networks. It has become crucial in our lives; everything depends on it. Therefore you have to be online all the time, even when you're asleep.

You must constantly be online which means you have to be connected all the time. Connected to whom or what for doesn't really matter. If you miss anything that's going on in the world, it means you are offline, one of the worst things that can happen to a person in the 21st century.

In the Internet world, it's crazy the enormity of what one could know, hear, read, see, be part of, get involved with, witness and so on. There is a joke about Google that says someone typed in the search box, 'What's going on in the world?' and the computer blew up!

My point is that there is so much to know all at once and it is really overwhelming. I wonder what our ancestors would think about the Internet. I bet the radio was a magical thing for them, let alone being online.

Interestingly enough, Michael Jackson's death came at the right time with this entire internet craze. A legend like him deserves maximum global attention. It was mentioned on CNN’s website that "Google News users experienced difficulty accessing search results for queries related to Michael Jackson," a Google spokesman told CNET, which also reported that Google News users complained that the service was inaccessible for a time. At its peak, Google Trends rated the Jackson story as "volcanic."

I was asleep when the Michael news was spreading. My sister desperately wanted me to know but she didn’t want to wake me. She had to wait until the next day, but that was really painful for her. She truly wished that there was some kind of service that would enable her to send me an SMS or an email to my dreams without disturbing my sleep!

As funny it may sound, that's our generation’s spirit. We have to have information immediately at any price. Our biggest demons are to be offline, yet we are online with closed eyes.