A Slight Disconnect

So strange to live in a world where the Internet is not just a shiny toy that we like to watch and play with occasionally, but where it’s almost necessary to our day to day living.  It is our contact with friends and family, our weather device,  our method of research . . . our way of publication.

The progress of social media can be a real challenge for those old science fiction stories where the plot hinges on characters not being able to communicate or find information quickly.

We already have tech comparable to some of the devices found on Star Trek–both classic and Next Generation.  (although I’m still waiting for holodecks!)  And when something like social media is so vital and useful for everyday living–it’s odd and sort of glaring  to have to do without it.

How would a Marty McFly from today’s generation fair back in time without the ability to go on Twitter or check status updates, or log their favorite books and go on Wikipedia to figure out who starred in a certain movie?

Sadly, I am without Internet outside of the workplace for the next few days and it’s astonishing to see how much it interferes with my everyday life and activities.

I’ll be back soon with posts, but for the time being  I’ll have to figure out how I survived before The Internet! ^_^

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About Stephanie Whelan

I'm a children's librarian with a life-long love of all things science fiction and fantasy.

Posted on July 20, 2013, in General Posts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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