EvenBob
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January 2nd, 2014 at 6:21:12 PM permalink
Has the internet changed your life? It's changed
mine so much it's profound. I buy lots of books
and DVD's every year, and haven't visited a
bookstore or bought a DVD anyplace else than
Amazon since 1997.

I gave up on antique shows in 1998 and sold on
Ebay full time until 2005. It was all I did, 7 days
a week. I buy almost everything online now, except
essentials. A snowblower from Craigslist. A car
from Craigslist. All my contact with family is online.
All my entertainment is from places like Netflix.
If I want to know something, I used to make lists
and go the library. Haven't been in a library since
1996.

If that isn't enough, I learned how to get an advantage
in certain casino games by studying them online. I
can go and play them live for free at certain online casinos.
I can access today's result's from numerous casinos in EU
every day and use them in practice. The net has taken
years off the process of learning.

The internet is amazing, it's almost in the realm of miraculous
for us that remember what life was like in the 50's and
60's. I actually know two very smart men that I've known
for decades that flat out refuse to get computers. When I
talk to them, it's like they're retarded now. They know almost
nothing about anything, yet are smug in their assurance that
we are the ones who are ignorant. I'm embarrassed for them.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
sodawater
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January 2nd, 2014 at 6:47:02 PM permalink
The next step for you is to stop referring to anything as "The Net." This isn't 1998.
LarryS
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January 2nd, 2014 at 6:51:32 PM permalink
There was a movie, one of Will Smiths first ones. based on a play...Six Degrees Of Seperation///

It was about a mentally ill, con artist, that is well spoken and pawns himself off as the son of Sidney Poirtier....a well off white family takes him in when he appears to be injured, and are enthralled by his stories and feel they have a real celeb in their home. Weeks later they have suspicions and go to a book store, and find a book on the life of Sidney Portier and find that he only had daughters.

Oh well...of course this premise wouldnt fly today where a smart phone takes care of that in 10 seconds....and will smith is kicked out on his ass...end of movie in 5 min

And thats the thing about the net....so much is at your fingertips

Even simple things....you are watching tv and see an old movie....and you say to your wife...I wonder what ever happened to him.....or what other movie did we see him in....he looks familiar. In 20 seconds you can have that answer. Before the net you could only wonder.

And planning out trips by calling AAA to send you a trip-tik....where they highlight on a map your route. Or even needing gas stations to ask for directions.

yes, most book stores or "record shops" are out of business

betting, and waiting for the newspaper to arrive the next day to see if you won....and being pissed because the late games werent listed.

having stocks and waiting till the next day to see how your stocks did in the newspaper (or haivng to watch the crawl on the bottom of the screen on a finacial network hoping u dont miss it)

Having to go to travel agents
EvenBob
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January 2nd, 2014 at 7:00:21 PM permalink
I'm watching the live cam in Times Square of the
snowstorm right now, in real time. I can see radar
from a satellite any time I want. I can Skype with
the AFB 1500 miles from here. Bid on a rental car
from my home office.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
EvenBob
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January 2nd, 2014 at 7:02:30 PM permalink
Quote: sodawater

The next step for you is to stop referring to anything as "The Net." This isn't 1998.



"The Internet and the World Wide Web have a whole-to-part relationship. The Internet is the large container, and the Web is a part within the container. It is common in daily conversation to abbreviate them as the "Net" and the "Web", and then swap the words interchangeably."
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
onenickelmiracle
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January 2nd, 2014 at 7:41:17 PM permalink
Quote: sodawater

The next step for you is to stop referring to anything as "The Net." This isn't 1998.

Hee hee hee
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EvenBob
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January 2nd, 2014 at 8:01:52 PM permalink
Quote: onenickelmiracle

Hee hee hee



I don't get the joke, whats it called if not the net?

"The Internet and the World Wide Web have a whole-to-part relationship. The Internet is the large container, and the Web is a part within the container. It is common in daily conversation to abbreviate them as the "Net" and the "Web", and then swap the words interchangeably."
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
sodawater
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January 2nd, 2014 at 8:05:21 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

I don't get the joke, whats it called if not the net?

"The Internet and the World Wide Web have a whole-to-part relationship. The Internet is the large container, and the Web is a part within the container. It is common in daily conversation to abbreviate them as the "Net" and the "Web", and then swap the words interchangeably."



Looks like onenickelmiracle is laughing all through cyberspace!!
onenickelmiracle
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January 2nd, 2014 at 8:06:17 PM permalink
Reposting, guess phone erred me.

The thing is about the internet is the brain becomes weak recalling things because of reliance on Google. Your own associations lose their ties and it's harder to navigate them.
I like searching information, but miss the randomness and creativity of picking up a book and being inspired with ideas and glossing over things. google page searches you see exactly what you wanted to, but mainly only that. Say if I wanted to find out about a bird I saw, wouldn't learn anything about the others out there and would just be back at Google again. Sometimes I do worry when something you've found you cannot find again, then you find out you know something but can never back it Up.

Can agree Larrys aboutTv shows etc plots becoming obsolete because of technology. There always used to be car chases on tv with people trying to slam other cars off the road in broad daylight. Never would believable today.
Saw a Twilight Zone episode with a similar theme today about a guy trying to get something with a large block of gold. Then the other man said gold used to be valuable until they find another way to manufacture it. The show was supposed to be 100 years in the future so the viewer could imagine although gold being an element, maybe there would be some radical discovery given time.
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sodawater
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January 2nd, 2014 at 8:10:06 PM permalink
People always say that Seinfeld wouldn't have any valid plots if it had been written when cell phones were common -- and then point to episodes like "The Chinese Restaurant" and "The Pool Guy," where miscommunications easily solvable with modern technology resulted in funny consequences.

The thing is, they did write Seinfeld in a modern setting. It's called Curb Your Enthusiasm, written by former Seinfeld showrunner Larry David. Curb is set in the modern world, has many of the same comedic sensibilities as Seinfeld, and is very funny despite everyone in the show having a cell phone on him at all times.

It just goes to show that good writing is good writing, and bad writing is bad writing, and if Jerry and Larry were making "Seinfeld" today, it would be just as funny. Good writing always wins.

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