Friday, August 19, 2005

Back On Line

For the last five days I have been without Internet access (blame SBC for not getting my new home set up on time). I am now back on-line and am in the process of catching up with the news (I also have had limited TV access) and the blogosphere.

I should be back and posting soon—although the frequency will still be reduced for at least another week as my family and I unpack and get our new house situated.

Thanks to all my fellow co-bloggers for keeping The Yellow Line up and running with such thoughtfulness.

I’ll be back soon, but I leave with this thought: While off-line, I constantly needed information available only on the Internet—or at least incredibly hard to find without the Internet. Every company I dealt with wanted me to go on-line. Many friends and colleagues tries to contact me on e-mail accounts that I couldn’t check. I felt completely and frustratingly detached from society.

So I wonder, is Internet access now mandatory to fully participate in American life? And, if not, will it soon be that way?


At 1:44 PM, Blogger Dr. Ernie said...

Hi Alan; a very context-dependent question. Here in Silicon Valley, its impossible to "fully" do my job -- or even keep track of goings-on at church! -- without email. I'm sure more and more businesses will go that way. Still, it will be like telephones: we all need them, but how many of us -truly- need them *all* the time?

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Peter said...

Welcome back, Alan! I remember when I was without the Internet - a sad day or week in my case!

Check out the changes we've made at formerly

Again, welcome back!


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