The Internet - A Cyberspace Oddity?

Posted on Aug 01 Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 9:15 pm 424
The Internet - A Cyberspace Oddity?

So many Internet companies showed that even many of the so-called experts didn't have much of a grasp of online potential or reality.

There's no doubt about it though, the advent of the Internet has changed our lives forever: how we conduct business with other businesses and even how we date. It can be fun, educational and a useful and profitable tool but, for most of us, it has become and will remain part of our lives, not run our lives.

So many Internet companies showed that even many of the so-called experts didn't have much of a grasp of online potential or reality.

There's no doubt about it though, the advent of the Internet has changed our lives forever: how we conduct business with other businesses and even how we date. It can be fun, educational and a useful and profitable tool but, for most of us, it has become and will remain part of our lives, not run our lives.

The Internet, according to some, is the modern equivalent of the printing press or the Industrial Revolution. It may well be, but I prefer to look at it as a technical evolution. Pundits also made the assertion that TV would mean the end of radio, and video would mean the end of cinemas. It didn't happen. Sure, you can bring up the morning paper online, check the news and sport, share prices, the entertainment section and even do the crossword, but this doesn't mean newspapers will become a thing of the past.

It's a lifestyle thing. Sitting in front of a screen is a different experience to kicking back on the deck with a real paper. Shopping online is nothing like browsing in a real shop. Chatting online is not like a real conversation.

The uptake of this new technology in the past year or two has been phenomenal. No longer do you need to read statistics to see just how amazing that growth has been. I have friends who, until a short time ago, thought a keyboard was a place to hang their car keys and a hard drive was tackling Los Angeles to Irvine without an overnight stop. Now they use home computers for e-mail, games and research.

In fact, how many people do you know without e-mail, either at home at work? Not many, probably. In private use there's a lot to explore and enjoy on the Internet - it's like having a library in your home. It can be used simply for banking, paying bills and buying shares or goods. In commercial use, business-to-business applications are time and cost effective and, despite the so-called 'tech-wreck', there are profits to be made for many businesses online.