Attitude of Gratitude Day 3: Cruising the Information Super Highway

English: Comedian Louis C.K. performs for serv...

English: Comedian Louis C.K. performs for servicemembers at the Zone 6 Morale, Welfare and Recreation Stage during the Sergeant Major of the Army Hope and Freedom Tour 2008, Camp Arifjan Kuwait, Dec. 18, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“Everything’s amazing and no one is happy!”

I think I got the above quote by Louis CK right. The great thing is, if wanted to I could check it out in a moment. I know it seems a weird thing to be grateful for, considering so many of us use the internet to share pictures of our kids, our pets, and our food. That, or we use it spread mindless memes, often political, often without much consideration. That said, there is no doubt that the world-wide web has made all of our lives nicer, and mine in particular.

It has allowed me to make friends around the world, even if I may never meet them in person. I have, indeed, met some of these people and they are still part of my life. I would never have learned about NYPIRG, and met some of my best friends if not for the internet. I have found old friends that I thought I would never see again. So it has allowed me to stay connected.

It has also allowed me to do research. It is, for all intents and purposes, the greatest library that ever was. The sum of human knowledge is just few keystrokes away, with just a bit of training. It has helped me decide who to vote for. I have a more nuanced understanding of important issues because I can find all the angles on them here.

Finally, it has allowed me to share my art with a wider audience. I am happy just to have my family and friends reading my poetry and prose, but to have people I have never met, and may never meet, appreciating my efforts is a nice feeling. Having readers (like you) who are not inclined to like my work because they have known me for years take the time to read means a lot to me.

So thank you, Al Gore, for setting the legal framework for the internet’s existence, and to all the developers without whom it would never happen. Whether folks want to acknowledge it or not, you helped create one of the most important advances in human history, and one that has helped make my life better.




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