Wednesday, September 2, 2009

BELOVED INTERNET TURNS 40!

An extract from:

'Happy Birthday, Dear Internet,
Happy Birthday To You'

on The Cool Cat Teacher blog

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We do not know what the future holds but we do know that you're in it - playing a bigger role than ever because so many of us are using you to share freely the knowledge that is in our brains. We're melding our efforts, flattening our classrooms, merging our minds to make bigger and better opportunities. Politics, business, and now education is going global upon your back as you ride faster than the winds and currents to deliver bits of each of us to the far reaches of this planet.

And yet, even with all you've brought we still have so many of the common human struggles... life, death, love, loss, war, famine... these are all things we continue to keep with us... and yet, there are many possibilities you hold to help us combat these things and shape the political future of this planet in ways we cannot as of yet understand. Who would have thought that 140 characters could change the world, and yet back in July, we saw Twitter turn green during the elections in a repressive country. We have seen presidents elected by Facebook, Twitter, and youtube and have only begun to see how this tool will shape our world.

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I'm glad to have you around, Internet... but may I never let you be a barrier between me and those I love most... your purpose is to bring me closer to humans never to drive me away.

That is a sample of the power of creativity through interconnectedness that Internet offers to all users. Find out about the world's first Twitter -written opera on this CNN video (thanks to George for tweeting about it!)

2 comments:

  1. well, in my opinion we couldn't do without internet nowadays...we are used to doing spectacular things via internet meaning either finding vital information or watching funny videos on you-tube,so it might be extremely difficult to start a new life without the use of internet. However we must do everything in moderation so that we won't end up being obsessed with it.

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  2. I'm not a techno freak however internet is a useful tool for us and our lifesyle.Many people couldn't do without it for even a few days.As internet provides many services from entertainment to even occupation it is a vital part of our education system and surely lessons get more interesting when technology is involved.

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