What is this Internet magic?
Monday, June 02, 2014 3:14 AM
Is it ever possible to be completely unbiased?
I don't think so. I have a very deep interest that developed in 1993-1995 when most websites were tested using GUI browsers like Mosaic or Netcape for Windows and were just really online brochures. For Linux there was Lynx, a very efficient text browser.
So, what is all the excitement? In about 1995-1998, there was war heating up for market share with IE and Netscape and Mozilla, soon to be Firefox, and now Google Chrome and Apple's Safari.
So, how has this benefited us? We are no longer baffled with out-of-date maps or ripped-up phone books, we can find the name and phone number and location of our favorite fun place, restaurant, movie just by searching on our smartphone. We listen to our favorite music and movies and sports and comparison shop on our smart phones or plan a vacation on the way there or plan a trip for one of the children to the doctor.
There is good news and also cause for concern here. The businesses that embrace the changes in how we research will see their stores explored by the "smart phoners." Ignore the technology now and in time when the Millenial generation has the buying power, the non-Internet-capable establishments will experience fewer visitors.
We haven't even discussed the increase in sales that results from an online store to sell some of your best selling products, along with your brick and mortar store.
Lets not forget the researching power of the Internet and how that has changed our school curriculums and, hopefully, the overall broadening of the world that the developing student can experience as they prepare for this days hectic and unforgiving and "need to know now" work world.
The Internet is simply a very mature and well-developed communication tool that is engraining itself in our society much like cars, indoor plumbing, gas furnaces, electricity, Social Security, Medicare and equal pay for equal work. These all happened 50 to 70 years ago. The Internet and all its communication tools will only develop deeper and deeper roots in our lives.