I am normally a loyal NPR listener in the mornings. I get all the news I need to start the day, and usually hear a story that is unexpectedly riveting. However, since my usual station is in the middle of their Fall Fundraiser Campaign and I already made an annual contribution to my local NPR station, WNYC, I thought I would try something else this morning and spare myself the guilt trip which would surely convince me to contribute again (not that they aren't worthy, my wallet can't take it). So I spun the dial and arrived at WOR, Talk Radio.
The subject of this morning was this mystical force of technology, I am not sure if you've heard of it yet, its called The IN-TER-NET. Yes, this crazy place where, get this, "You just enter a topic to search and you get all this data! It's amazing".
I checked my calendar to see if overnight some strange phenomenon pulled me back into 1990. Nope, still 2007. I was compelled to keep on listening.
The perky WOR hosts, Joe and Donna, invited listeners to call in to the show and tell the other listeners, how do YOU use the In-ter-net every day?
Well, Donna, I like to use Google Earth to see what's going on in my neighbor's backyard. (ok...scary!)
I am a freelance writer and like to read through Wikipedia
- (Host) You have to be careful, that's not always a credible source of information.
What? Oh, well, uh, I always use a fact checker before I publish anything.
I was afraid of the In-ter-net at first; it took me to bad places [sadly she didn't mention where these bad places were] but I've gotten over my fear and like to look up recipes to cook!
I look up menus at restaurants so I know what to order before I get there!
This was by far my favorite:
You know Donna, people even DATE through the In-ter-net nowadays. Mrs. So and So found her husband online.
GASP! DATE? On the scary In-Ter-Net?
I took my first internet date, well it was a precursor to the internet, back in 1992. His name was Skippy. We had dinner at Schmick and McCormicks in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. He had terrible table manners, but was otherwise a nice guy. 1992 folks, that was 15 years ago!
Sadly, I had to go to work, so I couldn't learn of any more revelations taking place on this in-ter-net thingymajig, but I may have to tune back in tomorrow morning to see how people are using FIRE or THE WHEEL in their daily lives.