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Sat, Sep. 3rd, 2011 03:40 pm
Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)

I'd love the $10 million, don't get me wrong, but I'm not sure I could give up the internet. There are so many things that would be so much more difficult without it. Giving up internet would mean:

1. I'd lose contact with friends who live miles away. It's not easy to call everyone and try to keep up with them or write letters. And the post office is dying, so letters may get harder to send anyway. Plus it's expensive and while I may have $10 million, it's still going to eat up a lot of that!

2. Renting movies. Because, let's face it, except for Redbox what movie rental places ARE there anymore? That's right...NETFLIX.

3. Buying books except for at Barnes and Noble. And even they may go by the wayside. And how would I get books for an e-reader? I love my paperback books, but I'd hate to be limited to just the stuff in B&N. And they're the ONLY bookstore around here nowadays.

4. Buying music I really like. Because places around here don't carry what I want. And the only places that DO are in Ireland. So I'd have to fly there to get them. And I'm not even sure you can book tickets without the internet these days.

5. Research. Because most libraries have online catalogs and have gotten rid of old fashioned card catalogs. So how would you even do research without it?

6. Work. Because our system is internet based. And because one of my classes is online. So for some people it would mean giving up school as well.

7. Being able to easily look up directions to places. Every time I need to go somewhere I don't want to have to go down to AAA and get directions or try to do it by a map.

8. Being able to find out events going on in your area.

9. Animal rescue. Besides petfinder, there's all the transports coordinated via the internet. How would we save so many pets if we couldn't communicate?

And I'm sure I'm leaving off TONS of other things besides using it for FB or LJ or the like. It's WAY more than just entertainment these days. It's a huge part of life. And sure I've been without it before. I wasn't much into it until 1999, but the world has CHANGED because of the internet. And I'm not sure it's possible to go back to being without it unless some of those services came back and the whole WORLD changed back. But it's not going to. So no, I can't see myself being able to give up the internet for any sort of money.



Sat, Sep. 3rd, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)

I didn't think of half of those, have we really become that dependent on this communal network?
By gods! what's it going to be like in the coming years?

I answered that I'd take the cash, more because I'm growing tired of the internets social shortcomings then it's conveniences.

By the way your dog is beautiful!
I demand you hug em for me. :D

Sat, Sep. 3rd, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)

We really have become SO dependent on such things. When I first read the question I was instantly thinking "WELL DUH" but then I started to imagine my life without the internet at all and it became hard to imagine. I mean, I could probably give up LJ and FB, but to give up all the functional aspects of it would be nearly impossible!

And I'm happy to give her a hug. She's a lovable mutt who LOVES hugs and smooches and ear scritches! Thanks!

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the ground speed of joy
Sat, Sep. 3rd, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)

I really don't think I could give up the internet. So much of my world is on here, so many of my friends are words on a computer screen.

And I agree on the functional aspects of it. I wanted to go hiking, so I googled for somewhere nice to hike. Then I printed a map of how to get there from their website, and then a map of the trail system from their website. And then before I left, I checked the weather online to make sure I wasn't going to get rained on. And then I came home and uploaded all my pictures to Flickr so my friends could see 'em.

I <3 the Internet!

green-blooded bitch
Sat, Sep. 3rd, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)

I am 100% convinced that at this point, humanity will never again be able to function without the internet. XD We just rely on it so much for everything!

Sat, Sep. 3rd, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)

Just a hint about B&N, since I work there, there is nothing going on about us closing. Books are still there, and I don't think that everyone will go the way of nooks, kindles, and other electronic readers. Books will be here, simply because they are part of our past, present and future. Plus, B&N was a lot smarter with their resources over the holidays, and Borders did not get into the e-reader market as fast. I couldn't think of getting rid of the internet, either. I do almost everything that way, as I live far away from family, friends, etc. I got a degree online.

Sun, Sep. 4th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)

You don't have any local bookstores around you? I couldn't live without them. Even when I worked at borders, I bought most of my books at small places used. Nearly all of my dog books were sourced from at least ten different places (we normally hit up a local store in most cities we visit and I look at the dog section regardless. So fun). Corporate bookstores are pretty icky with many of their practices anyway. The only bookstore I have in my city now is a small chain, borders and barnes and noble both closed.

I think I could do it (I am awful with directions, but gps isn't the internet! Haha). For the freedom of not having to work and doing what I enjoy every single day... definitely.