In the olden days, every home had a set of encyclopedias, atlases and dictionaries. Automobile glove compartments held folded maps. Televisions were the screens that families gathered in front of. Books came from the library or bookstore. Photos were displayed on tabletops and albums. Music was released on vinyl or cassette tapes. Calendars were displayed on the wall and small versions carried in purses or pockets. Bills were paid by checks sent in the mail.
The advent of the Internet age has completely revolutionized our lives, not just how we live, but also how we view it. We share wedding and vacation photos. We receive death notices and see pictures of babies who are minutes old. We “google” what we need to research and use GPS devices to get where we need to go. We listen to music from our computers or mp3 players, using technology the previous generation never thought they would live to see.
“The generation growing up now will be the first one for whom the internet has always been around. For them there will have always been a virtual world of data that follows and documents everyone and everything they know about. Every person they know has an online profile, every object they own or place they visit has a wikipedia article.”
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