The internet is not just a place to find a bargain or a mate - it has become the platform for our lives.
In 2007, Facebook exploded. Ordinary people posted their pictures and profiles online, proving that the web was no longer an arena just for geeks and gossip hounds, music buffs, porn addicts and lonely hearts.
It was for everyone. On a mass impulse many of us jumped on board the electronic merry-go-round.
Did we do it in a spirit of adventure or resignation?
Was it inevitable or had we gone mad?
I believe the answer is YES, we are nuts and worse, we can no longer opt out! Our lives have changed irrevocably.
If one factor changed the face of the internet, it was broadband. Once the internet was switched on all the time, everyone from toddlers to maiden aunts became intimate with it.
The world that computing makes possible can no longer be thought of as parallel to the real world: the two have merged.
The web is now the platform on which we live our lives. From this point on the story of computing is no longer the history of a machine. It is the story of a culture, though it is barely five years old.
I have been trying to take a break from blogging to see what it would be like to live in the real world without my virtual friends. I may succeed this time, at least for a couple of weeks anyway.
So if you don't see me around it's because I am wandering around smelling the roses. I may get lost, but I am sure I will find my way back home....because YOU are family!
Keep shining.......keep smiling.
"Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding."
~~ Louis Gerstner
As well as smelling the roses I am going to talk to the animals. These cockatoos visit Dianne's house in Cromer, Sydney every day. (photo taken 31st January 2010.)